Gale-force winds hit southern Queensland, as temperatures drop across state

South-east Queensland has been lashed with gale-force winds overnight, cutting power to tens of thousands of properties, as temperatures plummeted across the state.

Winds up to 80 kilometres per hour brought down powerlines and trees across roads, with one tree falling on a home in Upper Kedron, in Brisbane's north-west.

Part of the roof of Brisbane's Fortitude Valley fire station was also ripped off in the winds.

In The Moreton Bay Region no reported damage to homes however electricity supply has been effected by damage to power lines due to fallen trees and other incidents with estimated time to repair and return power to over 1800 homes by 4 pm Saturday afternoon.

Energex said 38,000 homes lost power, with 4,000 still waiting to be connected on Saturday morning, the majority being in the Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast regions, north of Brisbane.

Karyn Steele's Upper Kedron home was damaged when a 30-metre-plus gum tree came crashing down about 10:00pm.

"We just had horrendous winds and then there was this bang on the house and a gumtree had come through the roof," she said.

"It knocked the outside patio roof down. It was pretty frightening and I'm still shaking today."

Overnight, the mercury dropped to below freezing west of Brisbane, the actual temperature at Toowoomba hit -4.7 degrees Celsius and -1.7C in Oakey.

Conditions are expected to worsen in the coming days, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michelle Berry said.

The maximum forecast temperature for southern Queensland is due to be below average for five or six days.

In The Moreton Bay Region maximum day time temperatures over the next three days are expected to remain in the high teens before returning to the low 20's by Wedneasday while over night temperatures will remain for the same time period of between 6 and 9 degrees.

The southern interior will be hit particularly hard, reaching 5 to 8C below average.

Ms Berry said last night's chilly conditions were due to a vigorous cold trough moving off southern Queensland late Friday, leaving in its wake a colder south-westerly air flow.

Another trough will bring patchy rain as it enters the south-west late tonight and extends eastwards until it heads off the coast on Monday evening.

"The cloud cover coming through with that will lead to some cold days," Ms Berry said.

"It doesn't allow the heating to occur.

"Another burst of cold south-easterly wind will come through.

"There is a chance of sleet, or light snow late Monday to early Tuesday about the Granite Belt."

Power Outages : Moreton Bay Regional   1858    
Moreton Bay Regional  armstrong creek  12  
Moreton Bay Regional  bellmere  55  
Moreton Bay Regional  bellthorpe  77  
Moreton Bay Regional  booroobin  17  
Moreton Bay Regional  booroobin  1  
Moreton Bay Regional  bracalba  5  
Moreton Bay Regional  bracalba  6  
Moreton Bay Regional  bunya  17  
Moreton Bay Regional  burpengary  62  
Moreton Bay Regional  camp mountain  28  
Moreton Bay Regional  cashmere  47  
Moreton Bay Regional  cedar creek  35  
Moreton Bay Regional  clear mountain  15  
Moreton Bay Regional  closeburn  41  
Moreton Bay Regional  closeburn  22  
Moreton Bay Regional  closeburn  3  
Moreton Bay Regional  d'aguilar  4  
Moreton Bay Regional  d'aguilar  35  
Moreton Bay Regional  dakabin  70  
Moreton Bay Regional  draper  7  
Moreton Bay Regional  elimbah  2  
Moreton Bay Regional  everton hills  5  
Moreton Bay Regional  ferny hills  5  
Moreton Bay Regional  jollys lookout  32  
Moreton Bay Regional  kippa-ring  58  
Moreton Bay Regional  kobble creek  172  
Moreton Bay Regional  kobble creek  21  
Moreton Bay Regional  kurwongbah  2  
Moreton Bay Regional  kurwongbah  120  
Moreton Bay Regional  moorina  55  
Moreton Bay Regional  morayfield  9  
Moreton Bay Regional  morayfield  52  
Moreton Bay Regional  mount nebo  1  
Moreton Bay Regional  mount samson  
Moreton Bay Regional  mt pleasant  1  
Moreton Bay Regional  narangba  82  
Moreton Bay Regional  narangba  26  
Moreton Bay Regional  ocean view  2  
Moreton Bay Regional  redcliffe  4  
Moreton Bay Regional  rocksberg  1  
Moreton Bay Regional  samsonvale  5  
Moreton Bay Regional  samsonvale  148  
Moreton Bay Regional  wamuran  158  
Moreton Bay Regional  wamuran  96  
Moreton Bay Regional  wights mountain  1  
Moreton Bay Regional  yugar  33

ETA Resolution 4 pm

Source: ABC News and 101.5 FM

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