Ipswich cleans up after afternoon storm

Ipswich City Council crews and arborists are continuing this morning to clean up trees that had fallen over roads after a severe thunderstorm passed over the area at 4.30pm yesterday afternoon.

The worst hit suburbs were Raceview, Silkstone, Booval, Yamanto, Flinders View, Karrabin and Ripley.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued with hail and damaging winds for Ipswich yesterday at 4.07pm.

By 4.15pm parts of Ipswich were being directly hit by the thunderstorm with 76 km winds recorded at Amberley during the peak at 4.19pm and 4.23pm.

Hail was also reported and 6.6mm of rain was also recorded.

By 5.45pm, 6926 people in Ipswich had lost power.

As of 8.30am this morning, 951 people were still without power, 709 of them from the Ipswich region.

A trampoline ended up in powerlines at Raceview. Image by Bonitta Gray

SES Local Controller Emilea Salonen, said it was the first big flurry of jobs for the season.

“It was a wild couple of minutes of weather that resulted in 76 tasks for the Ipswich City SES,” Ms Salonen said.

“We had seven crews working out in the field until 11pm last night and managed to complete 64 tasks in that time.

“This morning there are currently 12 tasks remaining.

“There were a lot of trees down and I did see images of a trampoline in the power lines.

“We are doing a lot of chain saw job on fallen trees and temporary repairs for residents.

“Unfortunately we didn’t make it to everyone last night and it’s important to thank the public for their patience in waiting for assistance.”

The storm moved to the east fairly quickly leaving a large rainbow in its wake.

There is no rain or storms expected today which should make for a clear night.

Which is good news for International Space Station spotters and it will be heading over Ipswich tonight at 6.41pm and will be visible for six minutes.

It will appear in the north-north west and head south easterly.

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