Towns were left without power after a storm ripped through on Thursday afternoon.
Tambar Springs and Mullaley lost power, and Spring Ridge sustained storm damage.
The power went out in Tambar about 2.30pm and didn't come on until about 9.30pm. The pub had to revert to cash and couldn't serve up meals.
Over in Mullaley, bar waitress Chenelle said there was "a big downpour" about 4pm then the power went down about 6pm and didn't come back until after midnight.
She said some people came in from Tambar way when their power had gone out, and once Mullaley's power went out, "some people didn't bother to come in".
"We were trying not to open fridges and freezers," she said.
Chenelle said the rain didn't really cool off the day's heat and they had to sweat it out but the silver lining was a battery-powered Eftpos machine.
Spring Ridge was spared the outage and The Royal Hotel was able to keep trading.
Publican Tom Archer said the storm hit in the afternoon, delivering 25mm of rain.
"It was very localised, very heavy. There are lot of trees down and a little bit of crop damage," he said.