Thousands in darkness as severe thunderstorms lash Gold Coast

LATEST @ 6.45 PM | SEVERE thunderstorms are currently lashing the Gold Coast, with damaging winds and heavy rainfall wreaking havoc across the city.

The wild weather has again cut power to thousands of homes, with Pimpama, Ormeau, Carrara and Southport the most affected suburbs at the moment.

Hundreds of homes in Nerang, Highland Park, Maudsland and Mount Nathan are also in darkness as Energex crews desperately work to restore power.


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According to the Bureau of Meteorology, an active trough is sweeping across southern Queensland with a warm, humid airmass over the south east.

“These conditions have combined with strong winds in the upper atmosphere ahead of an upper trough leading to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and are likely to continue into this evening,” BOM warned.

At 6.25pm, severe storms were detected on the weather radar near Beaudesert, Caboolture, the area south of Biggenden, Narangba, the area southwest of Gympie, Peachester, Mount Beerwah and the ranges between Gympie and Murgon.

The thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast and are forecast to affect Maroochydore, Coolangatta, Strathpine, Redcliffe, Caloundra and Gympie by 6:55 pm and Cleveland, Noosa Heads and the area northwest of Gympie by 7:25 pm.

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

Destructive winds have already hit the city, with photos posted to social media showing tree branches strewn across local roads.

Gold Coasters are also being urged to secure loose items around the home and to seek shelter and stay inside, with motorists warned to stay off the roads until the storms pass.

EARLIER @ 6.10 PM | A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for the South East, with the Gold Coast now in the firing line.

The Bureau of Meteorology said that at 6:00pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Boonah, Beaudesert, Kilcoy and the ranges south of Gayndah.

The thunderstorms are moving towards the east and are forecast to affect Redcliffe, Caboolture and the ranges between Gympie and Murgon by 6:30 pm and Maroochydore, Coolangatta, Caloundra, Noosa Heads and Gympie by 7:00pm.

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

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* 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.