Storms dump almost 100mm on the Gold Coast in two days

UPDATE at 7:30 PM | SEVERE thunderstorms have eased on the Gold Coast, but the rain continues to fall.

In the last three hours (4-7pm), 77mm of rain has fallen at Canungra, 65mm of which fell in under 60 minutes.

The Gold Coast Seaway copped 54mm of rain in the hour to 7pm, while 68mm has fallen at Monterey Keys.


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Elsewhere, Tallebudgera has recorded 64mm, Bonogin 51mm, Coomera Shores 49mm and Oxenford 40mm.

Tonight’s rain adds to that which fell on the northern Gold Coast last night and takes the two day rainfall totals for Monterey Keys to 91mm and Coomera Shores 88mm.

The rain was still falling at the time of writing and looks set to stick around for the weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast showers and storms for the next four days on the Gold Coast.

To stay up to date with the latest warnings as they are issued, click here.

7.30pm weather radar | Source: Weatherzone

UPDATE at 6:15 PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology advises severe weather across southeast Queensland is “generally easing”, but warns storms are continuing.

In its latest warning, updated at 6:12pm, the weather bureau says locally heavy rain and damaging winds are still expected on the Coast.

A severe storm is currently impacting on areas around Oxenford, Pacific Pines, Helensvale, Santa Barbara, Hope Island and Coomera and is forecast to affect waters off the Gold Coast Seaway and South Stradbroke Island by 7:05pm.

It’s the second severe storm to lash the northern Gold Coast in as many nights.

Other severe storms are active near Caloundra, Goomeri, and Crohamhurst and are forecast to affect the ranges between Gympie and Murgon, Landsborough and Palmwoods by 6:35 pm.

Issued at 6:12 pm | Source: bom.gov.au

UPDATE at 5:25 PM | SEVERE storms are lashing the Gold Coast with frequent lightning, strong winds and heavy rain.

Several cells have converged to create a line of storms stretching from the Sunshine Coast in the north, to the NSW border.

The storms, which have been building throughout the day, first slammed into western Gold Coast suburbs about 5pm.

At 5:20pm, the Bureau of Meteorology warned the immediate threat was for “heavy rainfall contracting towards the coast”.

The weather bureau warns the rain may trigger flash flooding in the warning zone.

Large hail is no longer likely on the Gold Coast.

To stay up to date with the latest warnings as they are issued throughout the evening, click here.

Issued at 5:21 pm | Source: bom.gov.au

UPDATE at 4:20 PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology warns the situation is “evolving rapidly” as thunderstorms continue to develop in southeast Queensland.

At 4:05 pm, the bureau warns ‘very dangerous’ storms had developed near Strathpine and Woodford.

These storms are forecast to affect Caboolture, Brighton and Beachmere by 4:35 pm and Brisbane CBD, Redcliffe and Mount Beerwah by 5:05 pm.

Other severe thunderstorms are active near Warwick, Boonah, Beaudesert, and the area south of the NSW border and the area southeast of Dalby.

They are forecast to affect Toowoomba, Oakey and Haden by 4:40 pm and Laidley, the area north of Toowoomba and Crows Nest by 5:10 pm.

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

Issued at 4:13 pm | Source: bom.gov.au

The weather bureau warns severe thunderstorms are expected to become more extensive this afternoon and evening.

“Currently, the primary risks are damaging wind gusts and large hail, locally giant and destructive across the Southeast Coast” the bureau said at 3pm.

“These risks will transition to heavy rain later this afternoon and evening, particularly across the far southeast.”

To stay up to date with the latest warnings as they are issued throughout the afternoon, click here.

UPDATE at 3:55 PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology has updated its severe thunderstorm warning for southeast Queensland.

At 3:40pm, the bureau warned severe storms were active near Beaudesert, the area south of Toowoomba, Mount Nebo, Jondaryan and the area east of Dalby.

While these storms are no longer considered ‘very dangerous’, they’re still packing a punch and are forecast to affect Laidley, Gatton and Caboolture by 4:20 pm and Strathpine, Beerburrum and Mount Beerwah by 4:50 pm.

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

The weather bureau says 80mm of rain fell south of Laidley in under an hour.

It says the situation is evolving rapidly as new cells develop.

At the time of writing, severe storms were active about 40km west of the Gold Coast and were edging closer towards the coast.

To stay up to date with the latest warnings as they are issued throughout the afternoon, click here.

Issued at 3:36 pm | Source: bom.gov.au

FIRST at 3:00 PM | A ‘VERY dangerous’ thunderstorm capable of producing ‘giant hailstones’ has been detected near the Queensland-New South Wales border.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:55 pm, ‘very dangerous’ storms were active near Mulgowie, Grandchester, Rathdowney and Rosevale.

These storms are capable of producing giant hail, destructive wind gusts and intense rainfall and are forecast to affect Laidley, Kooralbyn and Rosewood by 3:25 pm and Ipswich, Beaudesert and Gatton by 3:55 pm.

A severe thunderstorm warning is current for Ipswich and parts of Logan, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, Gold Coast and Brisbane City and Moreton Bay council areas.

Earlier, the bureau warned the very dangerous storm was forecast to affect the area south of Canungra by 3.35 pm.

Issued at 2:59 pm | Source: bom.gov.au

Other severe storms have been detected near Lake Samsonvale, Dayboro, Kincora and Mount Nebo.

They are forecast to affect Pittsworth, Fernvale and Samford by 3:30 pm and Strathpine, south and southwest of Toowoomba by 4:00 pm.

These storms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones.

The weather bureau warns severe thunderstorms are expected to become more extensive this afternoon and evening.

“Currently, the primary risks are damaging wind gusts and large hail, locally giant and destructive across the Southeast Coast” the bureau said at 3pm.

“These risks will transition to heavy rain later this afternoon and evening, particularly across the far southeast.”

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.

To stay up to date with the latest warnings as they are issued throughout the afternoon, click here.

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