LATEST @ 5.15 PM | A SEVERE and fast-moving thunderstorm has swept through the Gold Coast, throwing thousands of homes into darkness.
More than 3000 properties are currently without power across the city, with 607 homes and businesses in Broadbeach Waters blacked out.
A further 705 buildings in Surfers Paradise have also been affected, along with 587 properties in Tallebudgera Valley.
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Bundall and Yatala are also experiencing power outages, with more than 26,000 homes and businesses in South East Queensland in darkness.
Despite the thunderstorm threat easing, at the time of writing (5.30pm) a warning still remained in place for the Gold Coast.
Motorists are being urged to take it easy when travelling home this afternoon, with the wet weather causing chaos on local roads.
A number of crashes have been reported across the coast, including a multi-vehicle accident on the Pacific Motorway at Pacific Pines just before 5.00pm.
There’s also been a smash at the intersection of Bermuda and Markeri Streets, as well as an accident on Hope Island Road in Hope Island.
Anyone travelling via bus are also being warned delays of 20 minutes are being experienced.
“All Surfside buses travelling on the Gold Coast are delayed up to 20 minutes due to severe weather conditions,” Translink tweeted.
EARLIER @ 5.00 PM | An updated severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by the weather bureau, with the Gold Coast in the firing line.
The Bureau of Meteorology says severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Coolangatta, Beenleigh, Logan City and Esk around 4.40pm.
“These thunderstorms are moving towards the east,” BOM warned.
“They are forecast to affect Brisbane CBD, Cleveland and Strathpine by 5:20 pm and Redcliffe by 5:50 pm.”
Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.
At 4:00pm, wind gusts of 81km/hr were recorded at Gatton, while wind gusts of 76km/hr were recorded at Amberley around 4.45pm.
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.
EARLIER @ 1.20 PM | Queensland’s first severe thunderstorm warning for the day has officially been issued by the weather bureau.
The Bureau of Meteorology says severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Ipswich, Stanthorpe, Springsure and Carnarvon National Park.
“First Queensland storm warning for the day with cells developing quickly near the Carnarvon Ranges and south towards Roma,” BOM said.
“Damaging winds and large hail are likely under strong storm cells; not much rain unfortunately. More warnings to come this afternoon”.
No warning has been issued for the Gold Coast yet, however the weather bureau told myGC that we could see storms roll in around 4.00pm this afternoon.
“There is a potential for severe storms, not so much for heavy rain but more for potential for hail and damaging winds, you know those fast moving types,” forecaster Livio Regano said.
“It’ll probably be lighter storms later this afternoon and into the evening.”
⚠️ WARNING storms extending east across the Darling Downs over the next few hours, forecast to move through #SEQld later this afternoon. Damaging winds and large hail are likely under strong storm cells; not much rain unfortunately. #QldStorm https://t.co/hLNxxJ72lL pic.twitter.com/iFMCtgNBuD
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) October 17, 2019
Damaging winds in Sydney and Melbourne have already forced some flights at Sydney, Melbourne and Gold Coast airports to be cancelled.
Travellers are being urged to check their flight status with their airline.