Storms lash the Gold Coast with jagged hail, heavy rain, frequent lightning

7:00PM | IT looks set to be yet another stormy night on the Gold Coast, with further thunderstorm development likely across the coast this evening. Scroll down for earlier reports.

At 7pm, two thunderstorms were approaching the coast from the west. They are severely warned, with the bureau advising damaging wind, heavy rainfall and large hail is likely.

Frequent lightning is also possible throughout the evening. To keep up to date with the latest severe thunderstorm warnings, click here: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/


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6:45PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 6:45pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Beaudesert and Nerang. Scroll down for earlier updates and reports.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Southport, Mount Tamborine, Tamborine and Jimboomba by 7:15pm and Beenleigh, Coomera, Logan Village and waters off South Stradbroke Island by 7:45pm.

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

6:15PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 6:15pm, two more severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar, marching towards the Gold Coast.

These thunderstorms, currently located near Kooralbyn, are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Laravale and Canungra by 6:45pm and Beaudesert, Nerang and Southport by 7:15pm.

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

The bureau confirmed hail was reported in Arundel and parts of Southport from a storm that moved through the area at 5.40pm.

Large hail fell at Southport around 5.40pm PHOTO: Claudine Snow

A photo of the large, jagged hail which fell at Arundel around 5.40pm PHOTO: Claudine Snow

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5:50PM | The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 5:45pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Nerang.

The bureau says these thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Southport, South Stradbroke Island, waters off from Gold Coast Seaway and waters off South Stradbroke Island by 6:15pm.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely. Frequent cloud-to-ground lightning is also being observed.

5:25PM | A WOMAN has been treated for shock and a boy has suffered burns to his hands after their homes were struck by lightning during this afternoon’s thunderstorms on the Gold Coast.

The woman, said to be aged in her 50s, was taken to hospital suffering shock after her Snipe Street home at Miami was struck just after 4.30pm.

PHOTO: Warwick Wells

A woman was taken to hospital after lightning struck her home at Miami PHOTO: Warwick Wells

She was reportedly sitting in the lounge room watching television when the bolt hit the roof of her home.

It’s understood the electricity travelled through the home to a metal fence and blew a hole in the cement outside the house.

A woman was taken to hospital after lightning struck her home at Miami PHOTO: Warwick Wells

A woman was taken to hospital after lightning struck her home at Miami PHOTO: Warwick Wells

PHOTO: Warwick Wells

A woman was taken to hospital after lightning struck her home at Miami PHOTO: Warwick Wells

The woman, who is reportedly fitted with a heart monitor, was assessed by paramedics at the home before being taken to hospital as a precaution.

Meanwhile, a boy received a shock and minor burns to his hand when lightning struck his home at Tallai.

It’s understood he was holding a tap at the time the bolt struck the house. He too was taken to hospital as a precaution.

4:40PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:35pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Rathdowney, Miami and waters off Tweed Heads. See updated forecast track map below.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Southport, Conondale, Kenilworth and the area west of Conondale by 5:05pm and Numinbah Valley and waters off South Stradbroke Island by 5:35pm.

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

The severe thunderstorm moving through parts of the southern Gold Coast now is sweeping out to sea over Broadbeach, Mermaid Waters and Miami after impacting on Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach and Coolangatta.

It brought with it a brief burst of heavy rain and strong wind, along with frequent cloud-to-ground lightning. No hail was recorded in these areas.

A second cell is now approaching the Numinbah Valley as it heads north-east, also for the coast. This storm has also been labelled as severe by the bureau.

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4:15PM | THE severe thunderstorm making its way towards the Gold Coast has weakened slightly on its approach.

The cell is currently six kilometres away from hitting Mudgeeraba. At this stage, the threat of large hail appears to have eased. A brief burst of heavy rain and strong wind is still likely. Small hail will be possible.

A severe weather warning remains in place.

3:50PM | THE Gold Coast is likely to be hit by yet another storm this afternoon, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

The bureau has issued a warning for a lightning-active cell south of the border which, at this stage, is heading straight for the city.

The storm is currently located near Murwillumbah and Springbrook, roughly 20 kilometres to the south and south-west of Mudgeeraba and is tracking in a north-easterly direction.

The bureau warns it is likely to affect Coolangatta, the area west of Kilcoy, Miami and Mudgeeraba by 4:20pm and Southport, Mount Kilcoy, waters off South Stradbroke Island and the ranges south of Jimna by 4:50pm.

The bureau warns damaging winds, heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are possible.

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3:10PM | A WARNING has been issued for a severe thunderstorm making its way towards the Gold Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:05pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area south of the NSW border and the area south of Yarraman.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east-to-northeast and, according to the weather bureau, are forecast to affect the Border Ranges National Park, Blackbutt and the area west of Toogoolawah by 3:35pm and the McPherson Range, Springbrook, Moore, Linville, Lamington National Park and the area south of Canungra by 4:05pm.

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According to the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast track map, the severe storm is likely to impact the Gold Coast in the next several hours, if it maintains its strength and intensity.

The bureau says damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

A more general warning is also in place for southeast Queensland, with the bureau warning severe storms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Coolangatta, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and islands, Boonah, Beenleigh, Caboolture, Caloundra, Crows Nest and Yarraman.

The bureau has also issued a warning for places in northern New South Wales, with Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah warned of damaging winds, heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones.

Locations which may be affected in northern NSW include Lismore, Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby, Casino, Kyogle, Coraki, Alstonville, Brunswick Heads, Tabulam, Woodburn and Copmanhurst.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

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

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