Gold Coast on storm watch as cells build inland

UPDATE at 5:30 PM | A FOURTH storm has hit the Gold Coast, bringing hail to some northern suburbs.

It moved through Upper Coomera and Oxenford just after 5pm, before hitting Hope Island and Jacobs Well.

Pea-sized hail was reported at Coomera. The cell was the fourth to hit the Gold Coast today.


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Hail in Coomera | Photo: Rose Anderson

The Bureau of Meteorology cancelled its general severe thunderstorm warning at 5.27pm, advising the immediate threat of severe thunderstorms had passed in southeast Queensland.

The situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

UPDATE at 5:00 PM | A SERIES of afternoon thunderstorms have moved through the Gold Coast, bringing with them strong winds, bursts of heavy rain and plenty of lightning and thunder.

Storms impacted the southern and northern side of the city about 3.30pm, while a third moved through central suburbs about 4.30pm before contracting offshore.

A general warning remains current, with the weather bureau warning further storms could develop and produce damaging winds and hail in the warning over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Coolangatta, Ipswich, Beenleigh, Beaudesert, Jimboomba, Mount Tamborine, Redcliffe and Springbrook.

The weather bureau says the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

UPDATE at 4:10 PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled its detailed severe thunderstorm warning for the Gold Coast.

The weather bureau says thunderstorms are still occurring in the area, they’re just no longer considered to be “severe”.

The situation will continue to be monitored and further, more detailed warnings will be issued if necessary.

A more general warning remains current, with the bureau warning storms could still develop and produce damaging winds and large hail in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Coolangatta, Ipswich, Boonah, Beenleigh, Beaudesert, Esk, Jimboomba, Laidley, Lowood and Mount Tamborine.

UPDATE at 3:50 PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology has just updated its severe thunderstorms warning, advising that severe storms have been detected near Boonah and Beaudesert, Numinbah Valley and Little Nerang Dam.

They’re moving towards the east and are forecast to affect Coolangatta, Tallebudgera, Miami, Canungra and waters off Tweed Heads by 4:20 pm and Nerang and Mount Tamborine by 4:50 pm.

The weather bureau warns damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

UPDATE at 2:30 PM | A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has just been issued for southeast Queensland as storms begin building over the Scenic Rim.

The current warning, issued at 2:26pm, covers a large area, including Brisbane, Ipswich, Boonah, Beaudesert, Beeleigh, Jimboomba and the Gold Coast hinterland.

Issued at 2:26 pm, the Bureau of Meteorology warns severe storms are likely to develop and produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

The warning comes two days after a midnight hailstorm smashed parts of the central and northern Gold Coast.

Wednesday night’s storm pelted Pacific Pines and Helensvale with hail and dumped more than month’s worth of rain on some areas, including at Jacobs Well.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should: 

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • 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 at 2:20 PM | STORMS are beginning to build west of the Gold Coast as an upper level trough and an associated surface trough move into our region.

The two weather systems are forecast to trigger scattered showers and storms right across the southeast.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a medium-to-high chance of gusty storms along the southeast coast this afternoon and evening.

Here on the Gold Coast, we’re being warned some storms may become severe.

At the time of writing, a cluster of showers and storms had formed in the Scenic Rim, about 70km west of the Coast.

The weather bureau warns the storms are likely intensify as they move towards the Coast.

“As these storms move slowly eastwards they will encounter atmospheric conditions conducive to intensification,” a BOM spokesperson said.

Weather radar at 2:15pm | Source: Weatherzone

Storms were also detected on radar south of the border, near the northern NSW towns of Casino, Kyogle and Lismore.

This activity is also moving east, towards the Coast.

No weather warnings were current for southeast Queensland at the time of writing.

The surface trough is forecast to move along the southeast Coast on Sunday as a southerly change and leave behind cooler temperatures.

For life threatening emergencies phone Triple Zero000

Phone 132 500 for SES Storm and Flood Emergency assistance. Queensland Health 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84). Queensland Traffic and Travel information 13 19 40.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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