UPDATE at 8:20 PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled its severe thunderstorm warning for Southeast Queensland.
While the immediate threat of severe storms has passed, the weather bureau says the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.
The bureau says the Gold Coast has a “very high” chance of seeing a thunderstorm “from late morning”, with heavy falls possible.
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EARLIER at 6:00 PM | STORMS could bring strong winds and heavy rain to the Gold Coast this evening, as a long line of thunderstorms approach the city from the west.
A line of severe slow-moving storms stretching for more than 1200km – from Emerald in Queensland south to Newcastle – is marching east towards the Coast.
It was located approximately 100km west of the Gold Coast at the time of writing (5:55 PM)
A severe thunderstorm warning is current and is likely to be extended to cover the Gold Coast as the storm band moves closer to the city in the coming hours.
An earlier storm which formed about 80km west of the Gold Coast has since fizzled south of Ipswich after dumping 62mm of rain near Laidley in just 30 minutes.
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UPDATE at 4:10 PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology has updated its severe thunderstorm warning to include Mount Tamborine, in the Gold Coast hinterland.
The updated warning. issued at 4:04pm, also covers Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Ipswich, Kingaroy, Beaudesert, Stanthorpe, Gatton, Jimboomba, Laidley, and Lowood.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns severe storms 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.
At 4:00 pm, severe storms were detected north of Dalby, near Rosewood, Jimbour, and the NSW border.
They’re all moving towards the east-northeast and are forecast to affect the area northeast of Dalby, Amberley, Marburg, Bell and the area south of Amberley by 4:35pm.
Ipswich, Mt Mowbullan, Mount Barney, the area west of Warwick and the area east of Dalby are expected to be hit by 5:05pm.
The warning is likely to be extended to include the Gold Coast in the coming hours.
FIRST at 3:50 PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of southeast Queensland as a line of severe storms close in from the west.
The warning, issued at 3:35pm, covers parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.
The weather bureau warns severe storms 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.
At this stage, locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe, Boonah, Oakey, Esk, Gatton, Laidley, Nanango and Tara.
The warning is likely to be extended to include the Gold Coast in the coming hours. Severe storms were building about 80km west of the Coast at the time of writing (3:50pm).
A severe storm dumped 62mm of rain in just 30 minutes near Laidley, in the Lockyer Valley.
Other severe storms have been detected near Grandchester, Macalister and Jimbour.
They are moving east-southeast and are forecast to affect Leyburn, Rosewood, Hatton Vale and Bell by 3:55pm and Mt Mowbullan, Amberley, Marburg, the area west of Warwick and south of Amberley by 4:25 pm.
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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