A woman in her 50s has died after she was struck by a tree at Helensville on Queensland’s busy Gold Coast following another night of wild storms across the country.
Wind gusts of up to 106km whipped through the seaside tourist hotspot late into the evening on Christmas Day, felling trees and sending debris flying through the street.
The powerful storm was captured on video by residents as it moved through the city late into the evening with footage online showing long streaks of lightning in the sky.
Queensland SES said emergency crews were called to more than 220 jobs on Christmas Day, with the majority – 126 reported incidents – being on the Gold Coast.
It comes as much of Australia’s east coast braces for more wild weather after storms and heavy rains caused flash flooding and aeroplane chaos throughout Christmas.
More than 120,000 homes and business were without power at 11.30pm on Monday after 300 powerlines were downed by the storm, according to Energex.
“Already this super cell has packed 140,000 lightning strikes and is still rolling through,” they said. “Without doubt the Gold Coast has been the worst affected.”
In Victoria, scores of homes were also still being impacted by power outages in the state’s central and northern regions, including around Sherparton and Echua.
Residents in the state capital shared video online on Tuesday of what they claimed were long streaks of lightning lighting up the sky during a flight over the city.
Further north, residents in regional NSW braced with renewed threats from flooding, including on the south coast which witnessed “intense” rainfall on Monday.
The Bureau of Meteorology recorded more than 89mm of rain falling in just one hour in the Eurobodalla region, an area popular during the summer for tourists.
Advice-level flood warnings were also in place on Tuesday for swathes of the state’s south, including around the Snowy Mountains and Tumut regions.
Conditions appeared to ease across the country on Tuesday, with BOM cancelling multiple weather warnings in NSW and South Australia.
Sydney was forecast to receive only showers, with the possibility of a storm. Similar forecasts were made for Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra.
In the country’s west, advice-level warnings were still in place for a number of bushfires across the southwest. In the state’s north, a heatwave warning was still in place.