GC STORM: Giant hail, destructive winds lash the Gold Coast

UPDATE @5.15 PM: HAILSTONES the size of golf balls, destructive winds and heavy rainfall has lashed the Gold Coast, causing chaos across the city.

The fast-moving cell seemed to be at its most intense around 4.00PM, a few hours after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the region at 2.30PM.

Giant hailstones were reported at several suburbs across the coast including Southport, Biggera Waters, Runaway Bay, Parkwood, Pacific Pines, Gilston, Surfers Paradise and Labrador.


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The bureau says 4cm hail also fell from the sky at Carrara and Nerang.

Just before 5.00pm, a destructive 95km/h wind gust was reported at the Gold Coast Seaway.

At the time of writing, more than 9000 homes were without power, with the worst affected suburbs including Merrimac, Mudgeeraba, Pimpama, Tallai, Worongary and Arundel.

Energex says the cause of the mass blackout is downed powerlines, with crews desperately working to restore power.

A severe thunderstorm warning remains current for parts of southeast Queensland, however the major threat no longer includes the Gold Coast.

“Thunderstorms are forecast to affect Cleveland, the area east of Gympie and Inskip by 5:25 pm and Point Lookout, southern waters of Moreton Bay and Amity Point by 5:55 pm,” BoM said in its latest warning.

“Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.”

EARLIER @ 4.15PM: Severe storms are moving quickly towards the Gold Coast with the Bureau again extending its warning.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:05 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Mudgeeraba, Canungra and Numinbah Valley. These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Coolangatta, Mount Tamborine and Hope Island by 4:35 pm and South Stradbroke Island, waters off Tweed Heads and waters off South Stradbroke Island by 5:05 pm.

EARLIER @ 4.00PM: The Bureau of Meteorology has extended its storm warning for the Gold Coast as wild weather heads towards the city for a second day in a row.

The BOM warns that, at 3:55 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the McPherson Range, Tin Can Bay and the area south of Canungra.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast to southeast.

They are forecast to affect Nerang, Southport and Mount Tamborine by 4:25 pm and Coomera, Hope Island and South Stradbroke Island by 4:55 pm.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

EARLIER @ 3.45PM: The Bureau of Meteorology has updated its severe storm warning as the Gold Coast braces for more wild weather.

The Bureau’s warning states that at 3.45 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Laravale. They are forecast to affect Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach and Inskip by 4:15 pm and Hope Island, South Stradbroke Island and Jacobs Well by 4:45 pm.

Image: Bureau of Meteorology

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

FIRST @ 2.30PM: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe storm warning for the Gold Coast and surrounding areas as unstable conditions threaten to bring more wild weather.

The Bureau has warned that storms are currently developing across Queensland and the most significant threat lies around the Gold Coast, Scenic Rim and Southern Border Ranges over the next few hours.

The warning says the storms may produce ‘giant hail’ and destructive winds across the region over the next few hours, saying the Gold Coast, Coolangatta, Jimboomba and Tamborine are areas likely to be affected.

It comes after wild storms swept across the Gold Coast on Friday bringing destructive winds and causing major power outages across the city.

Image: Bureau of Meteorology

7,512 homes and businesses remain without power on Saturday with Merrimac and Mudgeeraba among the worst affected suburbs.

Some residents have been told it could be another day before power is restored with several power poles damaged

This large tree came crashing down at Mudgeeraba during Friday’s storms. Image: Supplied

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The Bureau is due to issue another another warning by 5.10pm.

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Yep, just got the giant hail here at Labrador – the first time I’ve seen any hail at Labrador since moving here six years ago