Gold Coast lashed by torrential rain, lightning and wild winds as severe storms strike

UPDATE 6:45 PM | A SEVERE storm has lashed the Gold Coast, dampening the start of Schoolies celebrations.

The cell pushed into southeast Queensland from northern NSW and slammed into the Coast about 5.30pm.

Central and northern suburbs were still being lashed with lightning, strong winds and torrential rain at 6pm. A 59km/h wind gust was recorded at the Gold Coast Seaway at 6:01pm.


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The severe storm drenched the city, with 40mm of rain falling in Mudgeeraba in only a matter of minutes.

A large tree came crashing down onto powerlines in the centre of the leafy suburb during the height of the storm, cutting power to 1114 homes and businesses in the area.

SOURCE: Supplied/Brent Livingstone

SOURCE: Supplied/Brent Livingstone

SOURCE: Supplied/Brent Livingstone

Elsewhere, 35mm fell at Biggera Waters, 31mm fell at Bonogin, 30mm at Labrador and Southport and 25mm in Carrara, while 22mm fell in the gauge at Molendinar.

Several streets in Bonogin, Currumbin Valley, Austinville and Robina were also without power at the time of writing.

The storm as it hit the Gold Coast | Source: Weatherzone

The weather bureau warns the storm is expected to hit Logan City by 7:15 pm and Brisbane CBD by 7:45 pm.

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

UPDATE at 5:05 PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology has updated its severe thunderstorm warning for the Gold Coast as a severe cell approaches the city from the south.

The weather bureau warns severe storms impacting areas in northeast New South Wales are expected to push north into Southeast Queensland and hit the southern end of the Gold Coast by 6pm.

At this stage, damaging winds, large hail and very heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is possible.

Severe storm about to hit the Gold Coast

#WARNING: A SEVERE storm is approaching the Gold Coast from the south. It's expected to hit the city within the hour. BOM warns damaging winds, large hail & heavy rain leading to flash flooding possible. DETAILS HERE: http://bit.ly/2KbhPsu

Posted by Gold Coast Weather & News Together on Friday, 16 November 2018

Meanwhile, a very dangerous thunderstorm is approaching Gympie. Destructive winds and giant hailstones (5cm or more) are possible with this storm. For more on that warning, click here.

Other severe thunderstorms are impacting the area west of Toogoolawah and are forecast to hit Kingaroy by 6pm.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely with these storms.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should: 

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • 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.

UPDATE at 4:10 PM | A VERY dangerous thunderstorm has been detected approaching the Sunshine Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology says that, at 3:55 pm, the very dangerous storm was impacting areas near Kilcoy.

The storm is moving towards the north to northeast and is forecast to affect Maleny and Conondale by 4:25 pm and Mapleton and Yandina by 4:55 pm. Destructive winds and giant hail (5cm or more) are possible with this storm.

Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area south of Esk and the area between Boonah and Beaudesert.

They are forecast to affect Esk and Dayboro by 4:35 pm and Logan City and Caboolture by 5:05 pm. Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely with these storms.

A separate general severe thunderstorm warning remains current for the Gold Coast.

In a post on Twitter at 4:09pm, the Bureau of Meteorology said storms in northeast New South Wales “should shift into the Southeast Coast later this afternoon and evening”.

UPDATE at 3:50 PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology has updated its general severe thunderstorm warning to include the Gold Coast.

Updated at 3:43 pm, the warning advises storms capable of producing damaging winds and large hailstones are expected to approach the coast “during the next few hours”.

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

A separate, detailed severe thunderstorm warning is current for parts of Logan, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay Council areas.

The weather bureau warns that, at 3:45 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area south of Esk and the area southwest of Esk.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Esk, Kilcoy and the area northwest of Esk by 4:20 pm and the area west of Kilcoy, Maleny and Montville by 4:50 pm.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

Earlier on Saturday, the weather bureau said “isolated very dangerous storms” capable of producing “giant hail and destructive winds” were possible in Southeast Queensland this afternoon and evening.

Yesterday, the bureau said the risk of heavy rain and localised flash flooding would increase with any storm activity that persisted into the evening hours tonight.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should: 

  • * Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • * Secure loose outdoor items.
  • * 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.

UPDATE At 3:10 PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology has updated its detailed severe thunderstorm warning as storms continue to build and intensify inland of the Gold Coast.

The warning, updated at 3:10 pm, covers parts of Ipswich, Logan, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay Council Areas.

At the time of the warning, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Esk, the area northwest of Esk, Mount Barney and Mulgowie.

These thunderstorms were re moving towards the northeast and were forecast to affect Laidley, Gatton and Lake Somerset by 3:45 pm and Beaudesert, the area between Boonah and Beaudesert and Mount Nebo by 4:15 pm.

At this stage, the weather bureau warns damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

Very large hail up to 4cm was recorded at Urbenville, just south of the border, earlier this afternoon.

Warnings are likely to be extended to cover the Gold Coast as the afternoon and evening progresses.

UPDATE at 2:40 PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued an official severe thunderstorm warning as storms rapidly develop on the Darling Downs, inland of the Gold Coast.

The warning, issued at 2:20 pm, covers parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast forecast districts.

The weather bureau says severe storms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

At this stage, locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Stanthorpe, Kingaroy, Ipswich, Gatton, Oakey, Jimboomba, Laidley, Lowood and Nanango.

Warnings are likely to be extended to cover the Gold Coast as further storms develop and move closer to the Coast.

At 2:20 pm, severe storms were detected south of the border, about 100km southwest of the Gold Coast, and were forecast to move into the Scenic Rim and affect Mount Barney and Maroon Dam by 3:25 pm.

Earlier, the weather bureau said “isolated very dangerous storms” capable of producing “giant hail and destructive winds” were possible in Southeast Queensland this afternoon and evening.

Yesterday, the bureau said the risk of heavy rain and localised flash flooding would increase with any storm activity that persisted into the evening hours tonight.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should: 

  • * Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • * Secure loose outdoor items.
  • * 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.

FIRST at 12:30 PM | RESIDENTS on the Gold Coast are being urged to prepare now and secure any loose outdoor items with the weather bureau forecasting severe weather to hit the city later today.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns ‘very dangerous storms’ capable of producing giant hailstones, destructive winds and flash flooding could lash the Coast this afternoon and evening.

The bureau says while the most severe storms will be isolated, they will have the potential to whip up wind gusts stronger than 125km/h and produce giant hailstones wider than 5cm.

Flash flooding will also be a risk, with showers and storms expected to dump anywhere between 10-40mm on the Coast.

The weather bureau yesterday said the risk of heavy rain and localised flash flooding would increase with any stormed activity that persisted into the evening hours tonight.

At this stage, it’s impossible to predict exactly where the most dangerous storms will hit until the cells begin appearing on radar.

The forecast follows what has been rather warm week on the Gold Coast, with the mercury soaring above 27 degrees every day since last Saturday.

The wild weather is expected to coincide with the first night of official Schoolies celebrations in Surfers Paradise.

Twenty-two thousand screaming teenagers flooded the party precinct today for the annual end-of-school event.

No official weather warnings were current at the time of writing.

To stay up to date with the latest warnings, click here.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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