Over 20,000 south east Queenslanders in the dark as the state battles mass power outages

Over 20,000 southeast Queenslanders are in the dark on Monday as the sunshine state battles mass power outages during intense heat. 

 As of 9.32pm on Monday night, 22,050 homes were without power in southeast Queensland, with Brisbane City residents suffering the highest number of outages at 9,413.

4,935 Moreton Bay residents were also in the dark, followed by 3,267 Redland City Residents.

Southeast Queensland’s electricity network provider, Energex, is providing frequent outage updates to its X account.

A severe heatwave warning was issued for the Southeast Coast, including Brisbane, with the Bureau of Meteorology advising that hot conditions will ease from Tuesday as a milder south-easterly flow develops.

“Severe heatwaves can be dangerous for many people, especially older people, babies, children, pregnant and breastfeeding women, people with medical conditions and people who are unwell,” The Bureau of Meteorology warns.

“Seek a place to keep cool, such as your home, a library, community centre or shopping centre.

“Close your windows and draw blinds, curtains or awnings early in the day to keep the heat out of your home.”

Meanwhile, a tropical cyclone impact is likely on the Queensland coast on Wednesday, with areas from Cairns to St Lawrence in the danger zone, including Townsville, Mackay and the Whitsunday Islands.

It is currently categorised as a tropical Low, with sustained winds near the centre of 55 km/h and wind gusts to 85 km/h.

Gale force winds are expected to develop between Townsville and St Lawrence from as early as Wednesday morning, as well as heavy rainfall and flash flooding.

Destructive winds are expected from Cardwell and Airlie Beach.

Southeast Queensland is expected to get heavy rainfall from Friday, as the cyclone eases.

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