Wild winds leave 38,000 without power

South-east Queenslanders woke to strong winds and cold temperatures Saturday morning, with Energex crews working through the night to restore power to tens of thousands of customers.

By 10am, about 3500 customers were without power, but overnight a combined total of 38,000 people had lost their connection.

“It was a big night for crews,” Energex spokesperson Danny Donald said.

Special Emergency Services (SES) Queensland received 45 calls for help since Friday, mostly regarding fallen trees and structural damage.

Wilds winds continued on Saturday morning with Gannet Cay off the Rockhampton coast experiencing 54km/h winds and Hamilton Island recording gusts of up to 50km/h.

Roma, 500km west of Brisbane, experienced 2.1 degrees and Kingaroy, north-west of Brisbane, dropped to 5.2 degrees.