UPDATE @ 3.45 PM | The Gold Coast has copped a battering this afternoon with severe thunderstorms lashing the city.
The worst of the storm appears to have passed the Gold Coast now, with the latest severe weather warning heading towards Gympie.
“The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:30 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Rainbow Beach and Inskip,” BOM warned.
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“These thunderstorms are moving towards the north and are forecast to affect Inskip Point by 3:50 pm and are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large, possibly giant hailstones.”
The storms have left a trail of destruction across the city, with dozens of local roads under water and almost 4000 homes and businesses still without power.
Paradise Point, Southport, and Gaven appear to be the most affected, with properties in Nerang, Ashmore and Parkwood also blacked out.
Gold Coast trams were also suspended due to the outage, however have since resumed.
Emergency crews have also been kept busy with a number of swift water rescues across the city.
One driver was rescued from his vehicle after it became stuck in floodwater at the intersection of Ada Bell Way and the Gold Coast Highway around 1.20pm.
EARLIER @ 2.00 PM | Severe thunderstorms are continuing to wreak havoc across the Gold Coast this afternoon, with thousands of homes without power and local roads under water.
A fresh severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by the weather bureau, with a very dangerous storm now heading for Jacobs Well.
“The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 1:35 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Coomera, Hope Island and waters off from Gold Coast Seaway,” The Bureau of Meteorology said.
“These thunderstorms are moving towards the north to northeast and are forecast to affect South Stradbroke Island and waters off South Stradbroke Island by 2:05pm and Jacobs Well by 2:35pm.
The weather bureau warns these thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and severe flash flooding.
At the time of writing (2.00pm) 5000 homes and businesses across the Gold Coast were without power.
Biggera Waters, Paradise Point, Labrador, Runaway Bay and Southport are the worst affected suburbs, with properties in Hope Island and Parkwood also blacked out.
The outage has forced the backup generators at a number of local shopping centres to kick in, with trams also suspended between Southport and Broadbeach.
There’s also widespread flash flooding across parts of the Gold Coast at the moment, including on High Street, Ada Bell Way and Queen Street in Southport as well as the Gold Coast Highway and Oxley Drive in Biggera Waters.
Motorists are being urged to drive with caution and avoid flooded roads, with emergency crews already having to conduct a number of rescues in Southport and Labrador.
More than 120mm of rain was recorded at Biggera Creek Dam in just one hour, while 69mm has been recorded at the Gold Coast Seaway and 76mm at Southport.
FULL LIST OF FLOODED ROADS:
High Street, Southport
Ada Bell Way, Southport
Johnston Street, Southport
Queen Street, Southport
Oxley Drive, Biggera Waters
Gold Coast Highway, Biggera Waters
GC STORM IN PHOTOS:
Video supplied by Chloe Parker of Parkwood.