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Survivor Found Among 7 Dead as Queensland Ravaged by Storms


The Queensland Ambulance Service reported that two people were found dead after a boat capsized in Moreton Bay on Tuesday, with 11 people onboard.

Severe storms in southeast Queensland have resulted in seven deaths, felling trees, swelled rivers, and cutting power.

A 46-year-old woman’s body was found near Gympie following a Mary River search.

Three women were swept away while “exploring” in a storm drain, with a 40-year-old woman’s body retrieved and another woman managing to get to safety.

The storms initially left more than 120,000 people without power, mainly affecting the Gold Coast area where over 700 power lines were down.

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More severe weather on Tuesday resulted in the deaths of two women in Gympie and a nine-year-old girl in Brisbane.

Three people died and eight patients were initially taken to the hospital following the boat capsizing in Moreton Bay. One man was initially unaccounted for but was found deceased the following day.

Weather conditions were described as “horrific” and “very difficult to survive” by Acting Superintendent Andrew Pilotto.

On Tuesday evening, the body of a nine-year-old girl was found following a police search, after she was lost in Brisbane stormwater drains. Another woman also died after being struck by a falling tree on the Gold Coast.

Queensland’s Premier, Steven Miles, expressed grief over the deaths and offered disaster hardship funding for affected Gold Coast residents.

Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate urged residents to check on vulnerable neighbors and not to attend the hospital unless necessary, due to a spike in admissions related to power outages.

Queensland Energy Minister Mick de Brenni said unprecedented damage had been caused to the power system, affecting thousands of homes and businesses.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned of further severe thunderstorms, large hailstones, damaging winds, and heavy rain along the Queensland coast.

Meteorologist Sarah Scully said that although the worst of the weather should ease on Thursday, severe storms could return to Queensland starting Saturday.

By Keira Jenkins, Glenn Moore, and Rex Martinich



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