Australian energy major Energex has restored power to more than 25,000 homes and businesses that lost electricity due to a series of storms across southeast Queensland.

Power was restored by dozens of Energex crews working in difficult conditions during the night. At the height of the storm, the maximum number of customers without power was 8,400, for less than an hour, with all customers fully restored by midnight.

Thousands of lightning strikes were recorded by the GPATS system as the storms passed over the region and wind gusts of up to 70kph brought vegetation into contact with powerlines, contributing to powerlines coming down.

Among the worst-hit areas were Deception Bay and the Caboolture/Redcliffe area, Brisbane’s northern and southern suburbs, and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Lightning strikes hit a number of Energex sites, while winds of up to 70kph in the area affected the repair effort.