Dangerous hailstorm bypasses the Gold Coast

Large hailstones at Hillcrest | PHOTO: Sam Webster / Facebook

Large hailstones at Hillcrest | PHOTO: Sam Webster / Facebook

The Gold Coast dodged a bullet on Friday afternoon when a “dangerous thunderstorm” bypassed the city and battered Brisbane’s southern suburbs with damaging tennis ball sized hailstones.

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The weather bureau advises the immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

4.30PM: Very dangerous thunderstorms have been detected on weather radar near Jimboomba and Logan Village.

The weather bureau warns they are moving towards the north and contain damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones.

They are forecast to affect Logan City, Greenbank, Woodridge and Sunnybank Hills by 5:00pm and Beenleigh, Wacol, Archerfield, Slacks Creek and Camp Hill by 5:30pm.

4.30pm weather radar courtesy of www.weatherzone.com.au

4.30pm weather radar courtesy of www.weatherzone.com.au

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
  • 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.

4PM: Severe thunderstorms are rapidly developing across southeast Queensland.

At this stage, nothing too severe is on track to hit the Gold Coast, however forecasters say that may change later this afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:45pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Caboolture and Burpengary.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east and are forecast to affect Beachmere by 4:15 pm and Deception Bay waters, Bribie Island and northern Bribie Island by 4:45pm.

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

3.10PM: The Bureau of Meteorology has updated their severe thunderstorm warning for parts of the Gympie, Logan, Scenic Rim, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Moreton Bay Council Areas.

The bureau warns that, at 3:05pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Conondale.

They are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Canungra, Maleny and Kenilworth by 3:35pm and Beaudesert, Mount Tamborine, Montville, Palmwoods, Mapleton and the area northwest of Mapleton by 4:05pm.

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

WARNING 2

2.30PM: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of southeast Queensland, including parts of the Gold Coast hinterland.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2.05pm severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar east of Rathdowney.

These storms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Beaudesert and Canungra by 3.05pm.

PICTURES: Epic lightning storm strikes the Gold Coast

The bureau warns damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

Forecasters warn the City of Gold Coast may see a thunderstorm or two later this afternoon or evening.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
  • 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.

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