Crews work to restore power

FOLLOWING a long, busy day, Energex crews had almost everyone on the Sunshine Coast connected by 8pm last night.

Crews worked throughout the day to restore power to the 726 Sunshine Coast residences that had lost it by 10.30am. Energex said the majority had been caused by "severe weather", leaving 257 residences in Kenilworth with no power.

At midday the figure had dropped to 528 across the Coast, with many of those problems due to downed powerlines.

At 8.15pm, emergency outages were at eight - six of those caused by damage due to flooding at Kenilworth, and two at Belli Park, and the others still being investigated.

Meanwhile, Surf Life Saving Queensland continued to urge people to avoid the beach throughout the day, with dangerous surf conditions continuing.

All beaches on the Coast remained closed in the interests of public safety.

Lifeguards and surf lifesavers will continue to monitor conditions closely throughout today, and will reopen beaches only if and when conditions are deemed safe.

SLSQ would continue to work closely with Emergency Management Queensland, the Queensland Police Service and other authorities, and its Emergency Response Groups were placed on standby to assist if required. However, the wet day did not stop a power line at a house on Victoria Tce at Shelley Beach from catching fire yesterday morning.

Caloundra Fire Brigade attended the scene, and confirmed that the danger was quickly removed when they pulled the primary fuse to isolate electricity from the house.