Brisbane Storm Recovery

brisbane during storms

Brisbane residents are used to storms, but wow, yesterday’s was an absolute doozy. Packing similar wind speeds to a category two cyclone and car-smashing hail the size of oranges.

Tens of thousands of Brisbane households are still dealing with the aftermath. Here’s some information that might come in handy.

Power outages

The numbers are ever changing, but at the time of writing more than 37 thousand homes and businesses across Brisbane were without power. This Energex website is updated every 15 minutes with the latest number of outages in each suburb.

Energex says the worst hit areas are: Inala, Archerfield, Taringa, Moorooka, St Lucia and Sherwood. They are aiming to restore power to 80-90 per cent of properties by 6pm tonight.

It’s estimated the storm brought down around 600 powerlines. As always, the advice is to please be careful when looking at storm damage and cleaning up debris. Always assume any fallen powerlines are still live and please watch children closely.

Green waste/kerbside collection

Even if your street got off lightly in terms of property damage, chances are there’s debris everywhere from fallen trees and branches.

The Brisbane City Council says residents can dump green waste at transfer stations for free this weekend. Transfer stations are open 24 hours a day and are located at:

*1560 Nudgee Road, Nudgee *360 Sherbrooke Road, Willawong *101 Upper Kedron Road, Ferny Grove *728 Tilley Road, Chandler (opposite the Sleeman Sports Complex)

A kerbside collection operation will be mounted across about 50 storm-hit suburbs from Monday (1st Dec). Residents should leave debris and damaged goods on their kerbside by Sunday evening.

The council has also distributed extra wheelie bins to hubs in five locations, to help residents who have to dispose of food because of power outages. You can see the details here.

Scared kids

For some Brisbane Kids, yesterday’s storm would have been the scariest thing they’ve been through, for others it might have brought back memories of The Gap storm or the floods in 2011.

Read our storm safety article for great advice on preparing kids for storms, and how to help them deal with their anxiety.

Good luck with the clean up and stay safe!

Will the Brisbane Christmas Tree be lit up tonight?


On a brighter note, the Christmas tree in King George Square will still be lit up tonight!! Not even the worst storm in a decade could wreck this beloved tradition. The lights will go on around 7pm, but there will be festive-style entertainment from 6:30-8pm.


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