UPDATE @ 11.00AM | The Bureau has cancelled a severe storm warning issued for the Gold Coast due to heavy rainfall.
Severe storms are no longer affecting the southeast, with the immediate threat moving over the border into New South Wales now.
The Bureau says they’ll continue to monitor the situation and issue further warnings if necessary.
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Though the Gold Coast copped a bit of a battering, albeit briefly, with a number of incidents reported.
Over 100 homes lost power in Main Beach, after a tree fell onto power lines around 10.30am.
Emergency crews are working to repair the damage as soon as possible.
While there have also been reports of a manhole cover coming lose in Southport.
It happened on North Street near High Street around 10.30am.
There was also some minor flooding on the Gold Coast Highway through Main Beach, and some minor crashes on the M1 through Coomera throughout the morning.
WARNING CANCELLED. Severe storms no longer affecting #SEQld. The immediate threat of severe storms with heavy rain has shifted south over the NSW border. The situation will continue to be monitored & further warnings will be issued, if necessary. Warnings: https://t.co/FBmpsInT9o pic.twitter.com/PClovqbWvh
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) February 6, 2020
EARLIER @ 8.30AM | A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Southeast Queensland, including the Gold Coast, due to heavy rainfall.
The Bureau says “a band of heavy showers and a couple of thunderstorms developing over the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas.
“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours,” their recent warning reads.
Parts of the Gold Coast are expected to receive up to 100 millimetres of rain today alone, with locals warned of flash flooding in areas as well.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised people not to drive, walk or ride through flood waters.
We’re also being told to seek shelter indoors, and never under trees, avoid using the telephone and beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
The Bureau’s warning lists the following advice.
Locations which may be affected include Coolangatta, Beenleigh and Cleveland.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* 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.
⚠️⛈️ WARNING UPDATE: Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include #Coolangatta, #Beenleigh, #Cleveland. Details: https://t.co/FBmpsInT9o pic.twitter.com/FqMLFHLcug
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) February 5, 2020