Severe storms sweep across the Gold Coast

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Storm front moves over the Gold Coast on Monday September 15, 2014. PICTURE: Elle Thomas

6.04PM: THE Bureau of Meteorology have this evening cancelled their Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the Gold Coast.

The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.


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Golf-ball size hail was reportedly recorded on Brisbane’s south-side, and a 105km/h gust was recorded at Oakey.

The Gold Coast escaped the worst of the storm, with northern suburbs receiving nothing more than a burst of heavy rain and strong wind.

NOTE: All thunderstorms generally produce lightning, and many produce gusty winds, brief heavy showers and hail. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will only be issued is storms are expected to produce any of the following:

  • Damaging wind gusts (90 km/h or more)
  • Large hail (2cm diameter or more)
  • Very heavy rainfall (conducive to flash flooding)
  • Tornadoes

5.10PM: PARTS of the Gold Coast have been drenched by heavy rain as a severe thunderstorm moves offshore.

The heaviest of the rain and strongest winds were recorded between Jacobs Well and Labrador, while residents in southern suburbs experienced only a moderate, thundery shower.

The threat of extreme weather has now passed for the coast, but severe cells remain north of Brisbane. 

4.16PM: ENERGEX advises more than 2500 lightning strikes have been recorded over southeast Queensland in the past two hours.

More than 12,000 customers are without power – the majority of these in Brisbane.

If you see downed powerlines, please call 13 19 62.

4.15PM: The Bureau warns that, at 4:15pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Archerfield, Jimboomba, and the area east of Nanango.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east and they are forecast to affect Victoria Point, Slacks Creek and Borumba Dam by 4:45pm and South Stradbroke Island, Jacobs Well and Russell Island by 5:15pm. Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

4.09PM: SMALL hailstones have been reported falling over Jimboomba as a line of storms march towards the coast.

Damaging Winds, Heavy Rain, Frequent Lightning and Large Hailstones are likely with the strongest of cells.

3.55PM: The Bureau warns that, at 3:50pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Wacol, Lowood, and the area southeast of Kingaroy.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east and are forecast to affect Logan City, Highvale and Samford by 4:20 pm and Brisbane CBD, Cleveland and Jimna by 4:50pm. Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely. 

3.05PM: The Bureau warns that, at 2:55pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Cunninghams Gap, the area southwest of Kingaroy, and the area west of Stanthorpe.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east and are forecast to affect Boonah, Kingaroy and the area south of Kingaroy by 3:25 pm and Beaudesert, the area between Boonah and Beaudesert, Kooralbyn, and Stanthorpe by 3:55pm. Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

2.57PM: The Bureau has updated their Severe Thunderstorm Warning as the severe cells continue to intensify on their approach towards the Gold Coast.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Coolangatta, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and islands, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe, Caboolture and Taroom.

2.14PM: The Bureau has updated their Severe Thunderstorm Warning to include the Gold Coast.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Coolangatta, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and islands, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe, Caboolture and Taroom.

1.31PM: The Bureau issued their first Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the day for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfield districts.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

This activity is moving east and is expected to impact the Gold Coast this afternoon and evening.

NOTE: All thunderstorms generally produce lightning, and many produce gusty winds, brief heavy showers and hail. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will only be issued is storms are expected to produce any of the following:

  • Damaging wind gusts (90 km/h or more)
  • Large hail (2cm diameter or more)
  • Very heavy rainfall (conducive to flash flooding)
  • Tornadoes

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