Weather warning has Coast on storm watch

ROLLING COVERAGE: SEVERE thunderstorms are sweeping across the southeast this afternoon, bringing with them the threat of damaging wind, flooding downpours and large hailstones.  

5.19PM: EMERGENCY services are responding to reports of two vehicles trapped in rising floodwater on the Gold Coast.

It’s understood the cars became caught near the corner of Tumbarumba Ave and Koolewond Pde at Ashmore after a water main burst under pressure.


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Many roads have been affected by flash flooding and motorists have been advised to avoid unnecessary travel. 

There is no further information available at this time.

5.14PM: PARTS of the Gold Coast have been drenched with some of the best rain seen this year.

More than 50mm has been recorded since 9am at Coomera and Monterey Keys on the northern Gold Coast which has caused isolated flash flooding of local roads and residential yards.

Other updated rain totals since 9am include 33mm at Coombabah and 32mm at the Gold Coast Seaway. 

4.47PM: The BoM warns severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in Brisbane and parts of the Gold Coast, Logan and Redland Council areas over the next several hours. 

The immediate threat of large hailstones has eased. 

For tips on being ready this storm season, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/getready 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* 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. 

4.40PM: A TREE has been blown apart by lightning on Clagiraba Rd, near Arunta Drive, at Clagiraba as a severe thunderstorms contract off shore of the Gold Coast.

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Witnesses reported seeing the large tree being struck by the bolt before branches were tossed onto nearby powerlines.

Police are on scene diverting traffic and motorists have been advised to slow down and drive accordingly.

Meanwhile, we have further reports that a car has spun out of control on the M1 at Robina and has come to a stop near the centre median, reportedly blocking the right lane. 

For tips on being ready this storm season, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/getready 

4.18PM: TRANSLINK has advised northbound G:link tram services have been delayed following an earlier power outage at Broadbeach South Station.

There is also reports of flash flooding affecting a number of local roads, including Exit 57 on the Pacific Motorway. 

For tips on being ready this storm season, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/getready 

4.10PM: THE Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled their detailed severe thunderstorm warning for the Gold Coast, but advise non-severe thunderstorms are still occurring.

“Severe thunderstorm activity has eased in southeast Queensland, however thunderstorm activity is still occurring and a broader State Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains current for the area,” the latest warning reads.

“The situation will continue to be monitored and more detailed warnings will be issued if required.”

Welcomed widespread falls of up to 30mm were recorded right across the Gold Coast to 4.30pm. 

Clagiraba copped the heaviest falls, with 26mm falling in the gauge. A further 24mm fell at Monterey Keys, 21mm at Oxenford and 20mm at Pacific Pines, Molendinar and Tamborine. 

The Gold Coast Seaway recorded 14mm, Hinze Dam 18mm and 10mm at Nerang, Burleigh and Worongary. 

A general storm warning remains current for the southeast coast, with the Bureau warning severe thunderstorms could 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 Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Bundaberg, Emerald, Clermont, Kingaroy and Stanthorpe. 

For tips on being ready this storm season, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/getready 

3.55PM: ALMOST 4000 homes and businesses are currently without power on the Gold Coast with reports of powerlines down in Surfers Paradise.

It’s understood a set of lines have come down in the area of Salerno Street, near Surfers Paradise State School.

As a result, traffic in the area has been thrown into chaos. 

Meanwhile, Energex reports more than 3800 customers have been blacked out in Ashmore, Molendinar, Helensvale, Surfers Paradise, Bundall, Carrara, Broadbeach Waters, Bonogin, Benowa and Springbrook. 

An additional 1800 are without power on the Sunshine Coast, along with a further 1700 in Brisbane.

For tips on being ready this storm season, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/getready 

3.50PM: COUNCIL has advised that the Upper Coomera and Woongoolba Aquatic Centres have been closed due to severe weather.

3.14PM: (Detailed) SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for DAMAGING WIND, HEAVY RAINFALL and LARGE HAILSTONES for people in the Gold Coast and parts of the Gympie, Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay Council Areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:20pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Palmwoods, Nambour, Montville, Mount Kanighan and Numinbah Valley.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast and are forecast to affect Coolangatta, Caloundra and the area northeast of Gympie by 3:50pm and the area southwest of Caloundra, waters off Caloundra and Rainbow Beach by 4:20pm.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

Roof damage reported in Gayndah and reports of trees blown down in the Lockyer Valley.

3.10PM: ENERGEX advises about 17,000 lightning strikes have been recorded since midday.

As a result, more than 3400 homes and businesses are without power across the southeast. 

Meanwhile further south in NSW, an elderly lady has reportedly been struck by lightning as severe storms pummel Sydney. 

2.49PM: (General) SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for DAMAGING WIND, HEAVY RAINFALL and LARGE HAILSTONES for people in the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Southeast Coast and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Capricornia and Maranoa and Warrego Forecast Districts.

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 Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Bundaberg, Emerald, Kingaroy and Stanthorpe. 

2.35PM: REPORTS are coming through of deafening thunder ahead of an approaching severe storm on the Gold Coast.

Residents have reported thunder “as loud as a bomb” and have told of their windows shaking at Runaway Bay and Surfers Paradise.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for damaging wind, heavy rainfall and large hailstones remains current for parts of the Gold Coast – see the warning below.

2.14PM: (Detailed) SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for DAMAGING WIND, HEAVY RAINFALL and LARGE HAILSTONES for people in the Scenic Rim and parts of the Cherbourg, Ipswich, Gympie, Somerset, Southern Downs, South Burnett, Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Council Areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:25pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the area between Boonah and Beaudesert, Clifton, the area north of Goomeri and Tabulam(NSW).

These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast and are forecast to affect Beaudesert, Goomeri and Kilkivan by 2:55pm and the area northeast of Warwick, the area north of Warwick and the ranges between Gympie and Murgon by 3:25pm.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

2.07PM: (Detailed) SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for DAMAGING WIND, HEAVY RAINFALL and LARGE HAILSTONES for the Scenic Rim and parts of the Ipswich, Somerset, Southern Downs, Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Moreton Bay Council Areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:05pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Allora, Clifton, Maroon Dam and the NSW border.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast and are forecast to affect the area north of Warwick, Laravale and Maryvale by 2:35pm and Warwick, the area east of Warwick and the area northeast of Warwick by 3:05pm.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

2.03PM: THE Bureau of Meteorology has updated their general severe thunderstorm warning to include the Gold Coast.

Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Emerald, Kingaroy and Stanthorpe. 

The Bureau of Meteorology warns 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.

1.47PM: (General) SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for DAMAGING WIND, HEAVY RAINFALL and LARGE HAILSTONES – locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Emerald, Kingaroy and Stanthorpe. 

The Bureau of Meteorology warns 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.

1.17PM: ENERGEX has recorded more than 6000 lightning strikes across the southeast in the last hour alone.

As a result, more than 2300 homes and businesses are without power in the Somerset Regional area, and a further 1700 customers are blacked out in the Lockyer Valley.

The storm activity is expected to push through the Gold Coast this afternoon.

1.11PM: (Detailed) SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for DAMAGING WIND, HEAVY RAINFALL and LARGE HAILSTONES for people in the Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and parts of the Logan, Somerset, Southern Downs and South Burnett Council Areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 1:05pm, severe storms were detected on radar near Gatton and Lake Boondooma.

These storms are moving towards the east to southeast and are forecast to affect Laidley, Rosevale and Grandchester by 1:35pm and Boonah, the area between Boonah and Beaudesert and the area northwest of Kingaroy by 2:05pm.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

1.06PM: (General) SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for DAMAGING WIND, HEAVY RAINFALL and LARGE HAILSTONES – locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Ipswich, Kingaroy and Taroom.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns 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.

12.20PM: (Detailed) SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for DAMAGING WIND, HEAVY RAINFALL and LARGE HAILSTONES for the Lockyer Valley and parts of Ipswich, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Southern Downs and Toowoomba.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 12:20pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Hampton, Crows Nest, Cambooya, Maryvale and Murphy’s Creek.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast and are forecast to affect the area north of Toowoomba, Cunninghams Gap and Helidon by 12:50pm and Gatton, Moogerah and Mulgowie by 1:20pm.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

12.17PM: (General) SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for DAMAGING WIND, HEAVY RAINFALL and LARGE HAILSTONES – locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Kingaroy, Oakey and Taroom. 

The Bureau of Meteorology warns 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.

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