LATEST @ 4.45 PM | The Gold Coast has now been included in the weather bureau’s latest severe thunderstorm warning.
The storms are currently firing up around Beaudesert and are tracking towards the city, with the wild weather expected to lash the coast within the next few hours.
However, parts of the northern Gold Coast could in the firing line first, with a cell moving across the Logan area at the moment.
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“The Bureau of Meteorology warns that at 4:30 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Caboolture, Lake Samsonvale, Dayboro and Wamuran,” the Bureau of Meteorology said.
“Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Strathpine, Redcliffe, Beerburrum and northern Bribie Island by 5:00 pm and northern Moreton Island, Comboyuro Point, Cape Moreton and waters off Bribie Island by 5:30 pm”.
The weather bureau said other severe thunderstorms were also detected on the weather radar near Jimna, Wacol, Upper Brookfield, Enoggera Reservoir and Greenbank.
“They are forecast to affect Brisbane CBD, Beenleigh, Logan City and Borumba Dam by 5:00 pm and Cleveland, Nambour, Mapleton and Yandina by 5:30pm.”
Giant hailstones, destructive winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.
It comes after 5cm hail was reported south of Toogoolawah at 3:20pm this afternoon.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* 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: Sorry Gold Coasters, but it appears another night of interrupted sleep may be on the cards.
If the weather radar is anything to go by, it looks like we could be in for another night of thunderstorm activity with severe thunderstorms currently brewing.
There’s a long line of cells stretching from Somerset to Northern New South Wales, with reports of giant hailstones falling in some areas.
The Gold Coast Hinterland has now been included in the latest severe storm warning from the Bureau of Meteorology, however, the rest of the coast has been spared – for now.
Meteorologist Shane Kennedy told myGC the storm activity is expected to hit the coast over the next few hours, most likely between 6pm and 7pm.
“The storms are still largely moving through the Lockyer Valley, we did have a report just come in of 5cm hail in the Lockyer Valley area, so certainly well and truly severe thunderstorms there,” he said.
“It’s likely to still take a couple of hours to make it to the Hinterland area itself and then another hour or so from there to be impacting the Gold Coast.”
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Mr Kennedy said Gold Coasters could again be woken by loud rumbles as the storms bare down on the city into the early hours.
“It could potentially happen if we still see some more good storms form behind that, so there is that risk continuing into the night period,” he said.
“We’re expecting after midnight into the early hours the activity to largely push offshore, so in the early hours of tomorrow and definitely by the mid-morning it should have all cleared out by then.
“So it’s likely to be the last night of the storm activity we have been seeing.”