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Severe storm warning for Gold Coast cancelled

UPDATE @ 6.30PM | The Bureau has now cancelled a severe storm warning for the Gold Coast.

A second round of storms were heading towards the Hinterland but fizzled out.

Showers are still expected across the Gold Coast throughout the night.


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BOM says there is still a chance more storms could develop this evening and it will continue to monitor the situation.

 

EARLIER @ 6.00PM | A severe storm warning remains in place for parts of the Gold Coast with another cell moving in from the west.

Earlier a large, fast moving storm swept across the city dumping some heavy rain and small hail before it moved towards the north east and out to sea.

A second band of storms is approaching the Hinterland.

BOM warns that this band will impact areas including Numinbah Valley, Little Nerang Dam and Canungra  by 6:25 pm.

Meantime Energex has managed to restore power to a lot of affected customers who were blacked out briefly.

There are still 937 homes and businesses without power in Hope Island, 93 in Varsity Lakes and 57 in Guanaba.

Another band of storms is heading towards the Gold Coast. Radar @ 5.36pm | Image: BOM

 

EARLIER @  5.30PM | Almost 4000 homes and businesses across the Gold Coast are without power after large storms swept across the city.

Hope Island is the worst affected suburb where 2480 customers are blacked out.

Residents reported numerous lightning strikes in the suburb.

Another 937 homes and businesses in Helensvale are without power, 469 in Coomera, 93 in Varsity Lakes and 14 in Guanaba.

Energex says it is working to fix the problem but crews will need to wait until the storm passes and it is safe.

The power outages are also affecting numerous sets of traffic lights.

EARLIER @ 5.00PM | Severe storms have swept across parts of the Gold Coast dumping some heavy rain and small hail.

The storms moved in from the west this afternoon impacting parts of the Gold Coast Hinterland.

But they have been moving fairly quickly which has kept rainfall totals low.

Mt Tamborine has recorded 12 mm of rain this afternoon, Binna Burra has had 10 mm while just 5 mm has fallen at Hinze Dam.

Residents in Mt Nathan, Pacific Pines, Helensvale and Hope Island have reported small hail falling in their suburbs.

There are reports of a power outage in Hope Island following lightning strikes in the area which is also affecting traffic lights.

Almost 100 homes and businesses are also out in Varsity Lakes.

The storms have now started tracking towards the north east towards areas including Jacobs Well and Sanctuary Cove.

Weather radar @ 5.00pm. | Image: BOM

View from Paradise Point

Hope Island | Pic: James Dicker

 

EARLIER @ 4.15PM | The Bureau has updated its severe storm warning for the Gold Coast as a large cell moves towards the east.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:00 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Beaudesert.

Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Canungra by 4:30 pm and Numinbah Valley, Little Nerang Dam, Mudgeeraba, Nerang and Mount Tamborine by 5:00 pm.

The BOM radar shows the storms are likely to keep tracking towards southern areas of the Gold Coast.

Footage posted on Facebook by Higgins Storm Chasing shows the size of the supercell as it moved through Beaudesert earlier this afternoon

SUPERCELL LIVE at Beaudesert now, seek shelter now!!! ~ Jeff ~

Posted by Higgins Storm Chasing on Monday, 20 January 2020

EARLIER @ 3.50PM | A severe storm warning has just been issued for the Gold Coast as a cell moves in from the west.

Storms began forming to the west of the ranges earlier this afternoon before moving east.

The radar shows parts of the Gold Coast Hinterland will be affected as the cell tracks towards the southeast.

The Bureau has warned that damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones are possible.

BOM says the Gold Coast, Mt Tamborine, and Coolangatta are among the locations that could be affected.

Weather radar @ 3.42pm | Image: BOM

Another large storm cell has been impacting areas north of Brisbane.

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.

Image: BOM

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