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Gold Coast wakes to more early-morning storms

It seems mother nature doesn’t really want us to get a good night’s sleep, with the Gold Coast waking to severe storms again overnight.

The cells moved over us around 1.00 am, bringing a heavy dumping of rain to southern parts of the coast.

At Currumbin Valley, approximately 46 millimetres of rain fell since 9.00 am yesterday.

Around the rest of the coast, 25 millimetres was recorded at Evandale, 51 millimetres fell at Mt Nimmel in Austinville, 13 millimetres at Oxenford and 18 millimetres at Coombabah.

The Bureau of Meteorology advises that the risk has now eased, but there is still a chance of severe storms developing throughout the day.

A number of homes in Yatala and Luscombe remain without power this morning, along with hundreds of others across the southeast.

The risk of severe weather will back off altogether from tomorrow, with just a slight chance of showers around in the morning.

We’re then in for dry and mostly sunny conditions heading into the weekend, with cooler tops of 23 degrees on the way.

The overnight storms follow similar severe weather from the early hours of Tuesday as well, with many residents woken to lightning and thunder around 3.00 am.

The Bureau says more than 66,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the whole southeast region due to that cell.

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Gold Coast woman dies in hospital a day after serious crash

An elderly woman, injured in a nasty crash at Coombabah on Monday morning, has died in hospital.

The 90-year-old was among three people injured when two cars collided on Oxley Drive at the intersection of Hansford Rd just after 11am.

The Paradise Point woman was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition with chest and neck injuries.

But her condition deteriorated overnight and she passed away this morning.

The Forensic Crash Unit will now investigate the accident.

The two occupants of the other vehicle, an 85-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman were treated in the Uni Hospital for minor injuries.

Police are urging anyone who witnessed the crash or who may have dashcam footage to contact them.

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Gold Coast Titan David Fifita to fight charge at judiciary tonight

The Gold Coast Titans are sweating on David Fifita’s meeting with the judiciary tonight, as he tries to fight a high tackle charge.

The young gun could be ruled out for two weeks, if he can’t get a downgrade for the grade two careless high tackle charge, after his hit on Adam Doueihi in the weekend’s clash with the Tigers.

He and the Titans are hoping Fifita will be successful in getting the downgrade, which would mean he’ll be free to face the Panthers in Sunday’s Magic Round clash at Suncorp.

Otherwise, he’ll miss Magic Round and Round 11 against the Bulldogs.

Also after the weekend, Tyron Peachey was charged with dangerous contact.

He’ll face a $1,150 at the judiciary tonight as well.

Gold Coast wakes to early-morning severe storms, more on the way

The Gold Coast is being told to expect more thunderstorms throughout the day after parts of the city were lashed with early morning activity.

Severe storms passed over the northern suburbs around 3.00 am, while areas in the south copped around 15 millimetres of rain in less than an hour.

It did leave some properties without power, particularly up north. Brisbane and Logan areas were more heavily affected by power outages.

It looks like more storm activity is on the way throughout this morning, but the Bureau hasn’t issued a storm warning just yet.

Here’s the radar as of 6.00 am, with the cells moving in a southeast direction.

Earlier, the Bureau issued the following warning.

The Gold Coast is also being told to brace for more severe storms to develop from tomorrow.

They could also bring up to 40 millimetres of rain in parts.

Here’s the forecast for the next couple of days.

‘I’ll stop working immediately!’: Gold Coaster’s pledge after big lotto win

A Gold Coast woman is set to hand in her resignation and retire after winning a share in Saturday’s $20 million Gold Lotto draw.

The Nerang resident was one of 11 winners across the country, each taking home a cool $1,818,181.82.

The woman says she’s been on cloud nine after discovering on Sunday that she had a winning ticket.

“I couldn’t believe it. I had to run down to my son’s house and get him to double-check it.

“It couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s really wonderful!”

The lucky Gold Coaster has flagged some pretty big life changes following the win including paying off her mortgage and quitting her job.

“I’ll stop working immediately and finally be able to retire.

“I’ll be able to help the kids and grandchildren out. I am so, so grateful!”

The woman bought her winning entry at News Extra in Nerang Mall.