Qld superstorm could cost $100 million

Qld superstorm could cost $100 million

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The Queensland government has estimated the cost of last night’s super cell storm could be up to $100 million dollars.

The super cell storm left 90,000 people without power overnight, caused flash flooding and saw aeroplanes blow over at a local airport in Brisbane.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the storm is one of the worst to hit Brisbane in a decade.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has called in defence force personnel, to help with the clean up effort.

Mr Campbell told the ABC this morning, he is thankful there have only been minimal injuries.

“Mercifully, [we] only had reports of 12 people being injured,” he said, adding that he believed the injuries were “relatively minor,” he said.

“I’m astounded but so grateful that that is all that we’ve got given the amount of shrapnel flying around last night.”

He says more that 500 powerlines were down across the state, and all residents are urged to exercise caution, and they are hoping to have 80 per cent of power restored by this evening.

The Insurance Council of Australia says it has already received more than 3000 claims, totalling more than $25 million, and has declared the storm a catastrophic weather event.

A number of Brisbane schools were also forced to close for the day, due to storm damage.

 

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