Mass power outage as severe storms sweep across Gold Coast

LATEST @ 3.00 PM | Hundreds of homes and businesses are without power on the Gold Coast this afternoon as severe thunderstorms sweep across the city.

A severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds and heavy rainfall remains in place as more than 1,776 properties remain blacked out after a tree came crashing down on powerlines at Guanaba during the wild weather.

Mount Nathan, Willow Vale, Maudsland, Clagiraba and Guanaba appear to be the most affected suburbs at this stage.


“The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:50 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Upper Brookfield, Enoggera Reservoir, Woodridge and Southport,” BOM said.

“These thunderstorms are moving towards the east and are forecast to affect Brisbane CBD, Beenleigh and Logan City by 3:20pm and the area northeast of Kingaroy, Tingalpa Reservoir and Cherbourg by 3:50pm”.

It comes as Beaudesert recorded 67 millimetres of rain in just one hour.

LATEST @ 1.40 PM | A severe thunderstorm warning has now been issued for the Gold Coast as storms begin to roll in from the hinterland.

The severe storms were detected on the weather radar near Beaudesert, the area between Boonah and Beaudesert, Murphy’s Creek, Hatton Vale and Miami around 1.20pm.

According to the weather bureau, these thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast and are forecast to affect Canungra, Rosewood and Marburg by 1.50pm and Ipswich, Gatton and Helidon by 2.20pm.

Damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning also remains in place for parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts.

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.

EARLIER @ 1.15 PM | Storms are rolling in across the Gold Coast, with the southern part of the city already experiencing some action.

No official warnings have been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology at this stage, but residents are being warned there is the chance of severe thunderstorms this afternoon.

There’s currently a storm cell hovering over Miami, with another large cell moving in across the hinterland.

Skies across the city have darkened in the last hour with loud thunder also being heard across the coast.

Residents are being urged to bring their washing in off the line and move cars undercover.

PHOTO: BOM Radar @ 1.20PM

More to come.