UPDATE @ 5.00PM | A severe storm warning for large parts of the southeast, including the Gold Coast, has now been cancelled.
Storms began brewing in our west earlier this afternoon but lost most of their punch once they hit the ranges.
The BOM says the immediate danger has passed however it will keep an eye on things with the chance we could see more storms tonight.
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The storms have left more than 18,000 homes and businesses without power in other parts of the southeast.
Almost 8,000 customers are blacked out in the Scenic Rim including more than 3,000 in Beaudesert.
EARLIER @ 3.30PM | A severe storm warning has now been issued for the Gold Coast and other areas of the south east.
Storms have been forming to our west throughout the afternoon and are starting to
The Bureau warns that severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Coolangatta, Ipswich, Jimboomba, Lowood and Mount Tamborine.
Residents are advised to:
- 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.
EARLIER @ 3.00PM |Parts of the Gold Coast are being hit by thunderstorms again with storm cells moving in across the Hinterland.
Severe storms have been detected on the radar in the Scenic Rim near Beaudesert with the storms tracking towards the southeast.
They’re expected to hit parts of Lamington National Park by 3.55pm.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones.
There are no warnings in place at this stage for other areas of the Gold Coast.
Another storm cell has formed near Ipswich which is also tracking southeast towards the Gold Coast.