6am UPDATE: Thousands of Gold Coast homes and businesses remain without power this morning, following yesterday afternoon’s severe thunderstorm.
Gusty winds and heavy rain swept across the region between 4pm and 5.30pm, knocking out power to more than 16,000 properties.
Energex has managed to restore electricity to most areas overnight, but 2,999 still remain in the dark, with Varsity Lakes, Tallebudgera and Burleigh the areas most affected.
Early on Monday forecasters were predicting the Gold Coast would be in for a battering come the afternoon and at 3.52pm dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Coolangatta.
Wind gusts of up to 94km/h were recorded at Amberley RAAF Base.
The wild weather led to delays of up to one hour on the Gold Coast, Beenleigh and Airport train lines.
By 5pm 16,300 local properties were without power and the SES had received 55 calls for assistance.
42mm of rain was recorded in 10 minutes at Slacks Creek and Highvale, with Underwood inundated with 39mm.
The Gold Coast Seaway has received 14mm of rain in the past 24 hours.