LATEST @ 12.45 PM | Severe thunderstorms are sweeping across the Gold Coast, with some parts of the city already copping hailstones this afternoon.
A severe storm warning has been issued for the Gold Coast, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning that storm cells were detected on the weather radar near Amity Point, Narangba and Nerang at 12.45pm.
“These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast to southeast,” BOM said.
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They are forecast to affect Strathpine, Southport and Kallangur by 1:15 pm and Redcliffe, Sandgate and Brighton by 1:45 pm.
“Damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely,” the weather bureau said.
Large hail has already been reported in Nerang.
The next warning is due to be issued by 1:50 pm.
EARLIER @ 11.15 AM | A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Gold Coast, with residents being urged to move their cars undercover and secure loose items around the home.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar around 11.00am.
They are forecast to affect waters off South Stradbroke Island by midday.
“Damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely,” BOM said.
It comes after the city copped a downpour this morning, with Molendinar taking in 26 millimetres of rain and Loder Creek Dam recording 34 mills since 9am.
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.