STORM ALERT: Gold Coast warned to brace for hail, strong winds

UPDATE @ 5.15 PM | It may be time to put your car under cover and take the washing off the line, with a severe thunderstorm warning just issued for the Gold Coast, Logan and Scenic Rim.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the severe thunderstorm is currently near Mount Tamborine and is heading towards Coomera.

“At 5:10 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar… they’re moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Jacobs Well by 5:40 pm,” BOM said.


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The weather bureau has warned damaging winds and large hailstones 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.

EARLIER @ 3.30 PM | Residents on the southern Gold Coast are being warned to brace for possible severe thunderstorms this afternoon.

A storm has developed around the hinterland and is currently tracking east towards the coast, however no warnings have been issued.

Meteorologist Kimba Wong said the whole South East could see severe thunderstorms today due to a trough approaching from the west.

She said the storms could pack the potential for damaging winds and hailstones.

“That area that we are looking at for possible showers and storms today is roughly south of Gladstone and East of Roma to Goondiwindi,” Ms Wong said.

“We also have the risk of some severe thunderstorms through the Wide Bay and Burnett District, south of about Gayndah and through the Eastern Downs, roughly East of Dalby down to Stanthorpe and through the south east coast districts – so along the Sunshine Coast through Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

“If these do occur today, there’s some potential for wind gusts in excess of 90km per hour and also the potential for some small hail.”

PHOTO: BOM

A Hazardous surf warning also remains in place for the Gold Coast today, however it is expected to ease off tomorrow.

“Surf and swell conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming in the following areas,” BOM said.

“This is due to a long period southerly swell that is expected to peak Thursday and ease through Friday.”

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