Surprise hailstorms strike Gold Coast suburbs

HAIL - Bianca Howarth Near coomera rivers school

COOMERA: September 27, 2014 PICTURE: Bianca Howarth

8.30PM: THE Gold Coast has been removed from the detailed severe thunderstorm warning, but the Bureau warns severe thunderstorms are likely to stick around and produce damaging winds and large hailstones over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Coolangatta, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and islands, Boonah and Beenleigh.


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At 8:30pm, thunderstorms were still located near Peak Crossing and southern Moreton Island.

They were forecast to affect Brisbane Southern suburbs, Grandchester and northern Moreton Island by 8:40pm and Logan City, Comboyuro Point and Cape Moreton by 8:55pm.

Earlier throughout the afternoon and evening, a series of severe thunderstorms swept across the Gold Coast, delivering small-to-large hail, dangerous lightning, heavy rain and damaging winds to many suburbs.

HAIL - Danan An Dot Hood Oxenford

OXENFORD: September 27, 2014 PICTURE: Danan

The first cell kicked up west of Nerang just before 2pm and tracked northeast to Jacobs Well, unleashing hail the size of golf balls over Upper Coomera and Oxenford.

This was followed by another, smaller hailstorm which intensified over Tallai just before 4pm and moved northeast over Nerang before contracting offshore of Runaway Bay.

By 5.30pm, another two hailstorms had developed over Tamborine and Tallebudgera.

The hinterland cell went on to bypass the Gold Coast and slam into Beenleigh, while the storm at Tallebudgera picked up strength and barreled towards the coast where it eventually moved out to sea off the Southport Seaway around 6.30pm.

HAIL - Carly Edwards

COOMERA: September 27, 2014 PICTURE: Carly Edwards

One Burleigh Waters woman described the action as “fast and furious” as the last storm of the evening tore through coastal suburbs with “full on rain, hail, wind and thunder.”

Another woman’s bedroom had flooded and her bed saturated after water came flooding through her ceiling fan at Mermaid Waters.

Janine Walda described “cyclonic” conditions when she was caught driving from Varsity Lakes to Jupiters Hotel and Casino at Broadbeach when the worst of the storm hit.

HAIL - Kylie - Upper Coomera

UPPER COOMERA: September 27, 2014 PICTURE: Kylie

Moving on to tomorrow and the Bureau has forecast a mostly sunny Sunday, with only a slight chance of an odd afternoon shower, ahead of a perfect working week.

Daytime temperatures are expected climb slowly over the next few days, peaking mid-week with a hot top of 34C forecast for Nerang on Wednesday.

WIND OBSERVATIONS: 70km/h gust recorded at the Southport Seaway @ 6.23PM. Back to sustained winds of 11km/h, gusting at 19km/h at 6.30.

RAIN OBSERVATIONS: 10mm recorded in the 10 minutes from 6.20pm to 6.30pm at the Southport Seaway. In total, 18mm recorded in the two hours between 4.30 and 6.30pm at Biggera Creek, 16mm at Molendinar & Tallebudgera, 15mm at Burleigh Waters, 14mm at Mudgeeraba and 13.4mm at the Gold Coast Seaway.

HAIL - Carly Edwards Coomera

COOMERA: September 27, 2014 PICTURE: Carly Edwards

6.25PM: SEVERE storms near Beenleigh, Mount Cotton, Southport and Canungra are forecast to affect Cleveland, Victoria Point and Ormiston by 6:40pm, and Peel Island, southern waters of Moreton Bay and waters off South Stradbroke Island by 6:55pm.

Dangerous lightning, damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

6.05PM WARNING: THE Bureau of Meteorology warns severe thunderstorms near Beenleigh and Miami are moving towards the north and are forecast to affect Cleveland, Mount Cotton and Victoria Point by 6:35pm, and Ormiston, Peel Island and southern waters of Moreton Bay by 7:05pm.

Dangerous lightning, damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

HAIL ALERT: Southport and Main Beach.

6.00PM: SEVERE storms near Tallebudgera and Miami are forecast to affect Beenleigh and waters off from Gold Coast Seaway by 6:15pm, and Mount Cotton, Victoria Point and waters off South Stradbroke Island by 6:30pm.

Dangerous lightning, damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

HAIL ALERT: Suburbs between Surfers Paradise and Palm Beach, including Robina and Varsity Lakes.

5.15PM WARNING: THE Bureau of Meteorology warns severe thunderstorms have been detected on weather radar near Canungra and the area south of the NSW border.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the north to northeast and are forecast to affect Mount Tamborine, Coomera and Hope Island by 5:45pm and Jacobs Well, mouth of the Logan River and Russell Island by 6:15pm.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

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5.10PM WARNING

5.10PM: THUNDERSTORMS near Canungra and the NSW border are forecast to affect Murwillumbah (NSW) and Mount Tamborine by 5:25pm and Nerang, Coomera and Hope Island by 5:40pm.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

4.55PM WARNING: THE Bureau of Meteorology warns severe thunderstorms have been detected on weather radar near the area south of the NSW border.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect the McPherson Range and Canungra by 5:25pm and Mount Tamborine, Coomera and Hope Island by 5:55pm.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

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4.55PM WARNING

4.20PM WARNING: THE Bureau have issued an advanced heads up warning for a three severe thunderstorms in northern New South Wales which are fast approaching southeast Queensland, including the Gold Coast.

Damaging winds and large hailstones will be likely.

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4.20PM WARNING

4.15PM WARNING: THUNDERSTORMS near Coolangatta, Amity Point and Southport are forecast to affect Tamborine, Hope Island and South Stradbroke Island by 4:30pm and Miami and the area south of the NSW border by 4:45pm.

The Bureau re-issued their general severe thunderstorm warning at 4.09pm for people in parts of the Southeast Coast Forecast District, advising severe thunderstorms were likely to stick around and produce damaging winds and large hailstones over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Coolangatta and Beenleigh.

4.00PM: SMALL hailstones have been recorded at Nerang and Carrara as a second severe hailstorm sweeps across the city.

This cell is passing over Ashmore and Molendinar while on its approach towards Helensvale, Labrador, Biggera Waters, Coombabah, Runaway Bay and areas to the north of these suburbs.

HAIL - UPPER COOMERA - Claire

COOMERA: September 27, 2014 PICTURE: Claire

3.27PM WARNING: THE Bureau of Meteorology warns severe thunderstorms have been located near Numinbah Valley and Little Nerang Dam.

They are forecast to affect Mudgeeraba by 4:00pm and Southport and waters off from Gold Coast Seaway by 4:30pm.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

Meanwhile, very dangerous thunderstorms remain near southern parts of North Stradbroke Island.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the north to northeast and are forecast to affect Dunwich, Peel Island and Amity Point by 4:00pm and southern Moreton Island by 4:30pm.

Destructive winds and large hailstones are likely.

3.25PM WARNING: THE Bureau has issued a generalised storm warning for the Gold Coast as thunderstorms continue to kick up across the southeast this afternoon.

It warns 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 the Gold Coast, Coolangatta and Beenleigh. 

3.10PM: A SECOND hailstorm has been detected on the weather radar near Numinbah Valley, moving towards the northeast. 

The cell is currently intensifying over Springbrook while on its approach towards Tallai and surrounding suburbs.

The Bureau have not yet severely warned this thunderstorm.

3.07PM: THE “very dangerous” hailstorm has left the northern Gold Coast, now approaching North Stradbroke Island. 

It is forecast to affect Macleay Island, Dunwich and Point Lookout by 3:35 pm and Amity Point by 4:05 pm. Destructive winds and large hailstones are likely.

2.30PM WARNING: THE Bureau of Meteorology have issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Damaging Winds and Large Hailstones for people in the REDLAND CITY, North Stradbroke Island and parts of the BRISBANE CITY, GOLD COAST CITY and LOGAN CITY Council Areas.

It warns thunderstorms are moving towards the north to northeast and are forecast to affect Jacobs Well by 3:05pm and mouth of the Logan River and Russell Island by 3:35pm.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

Hail - Tracey Randall - Maudsland

Maudsland September 27, 2014 PICTURE: Tracey Randall

2.00PM: PARTS of the Gold Coast are being lashed by surprise hailstorms this afternoon, with forecasters predicting there could more to come.

A small but lightning-active cell was first detected on weather radar around 1.30pm just west of Nerang.

It rapidly intensified as it marched towards the northeast, taking many by surprise as it dropped pea size hail stones over Maudsland. 

But the cell intensified even further, unleashing large, jagged hailstones over several suburbs, including Oxenford, Upper Coomera, and Helensvale.

At 2.25pm, the dangerous thunderstorm was moving through parts of Hope Island, Coomera and Santa Barbara.

Residents at Upper Coomera have described the hail as “chunky”.

The cell continues to move northeast, towards Jacobs Well.

A burst of heavy rain and strong wind is likely, with the chance of large hailstones possible.

Earlier, the Bureau forecast the chance of thunderstorms for this afternoon and evening.

At this stage, there remains no severe thunderstorm warning.

NOTE: All thunderstorms generally produce lightning, and many produce gusty winds, brief heavy showers and hail. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will only be issued if 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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