Gold Coast hit by intense thunderstorm

STORM - Ben Bloxsome - Surfers Paradise

Severe Thunderstorm marches towards the Gold Coast. IMAGE: Ben Bloxsome SOURCE: Supplied

2.30pm: AN INTENSE thunderstorm has lashed the Gold Coast, delivering more than 30mm in less then 30 minutes in some places. 

The Weather Bureau issued a detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the Gold Coast City around 12.30pm.


Shortly after 1.30pm, the severe storm front slammed into coast, bringing with it damaging winds and torrential rainfall.

STORM - Brittany Fowler - Brighton road at southport is completely flooded

Flash flooding on Brighton Road in Southport. IMAGE: Brittany Fowler SOURCE: Supplied

Brighton Street in Southport was heavily affected by flash flooding and up to 33mm of rain fell near Tallebudgera Creek.

The State Emergency Service received three call outs to repair leaking roofs and small hailstones were also recorded in parts of Labrador and Ashmore.

At 2.54pm, the Weather Bureau cancelled their Severe Thunderstorm Warning, advising the immediate threat of severe storms had passed, but the situation would continue to be monitored and further warnings issued if necessary.


25mm Bonogin
21mm Burleigh Waters
20mm Coolangatta
20mm Mudgeeraba
16mm Gold Coast Seaway
13mm Clearview
13mm Biggera Waters
9.2mm Molendinar

Storm - Tim Martin - Surfers Paradise

Storm front on its approach towards Surfers Paradise. IMAGE: Tim Martin SOURCE: Supplied

storm - Charlie Rose - From the Q1

Charlie Rose captured this beauty looking towards the storm from the top of the Q1 Observation Deck. IMAGE: Supplied

stoprm - Shel Wareing - Hope Island

Storm front passing over Hope Island on the Gold Coast. IMAGE Shel Wareing SOURCE: Supplied

12.36pm: A DETAILED Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for people in parts of the City of Gold Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 12:35pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Rathdowney and the NSW border.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect the McPherson Range and Lamington National Park by 1:05pm and Numinbah Valley, Little Nerang Dam and Canungra by 1:35pm.

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

Storm front

Nicholas Atkins from Nine Gold Coast News captured this shot looking towards the approaching storm from Surfers Paradise.IMAGE: Twitter

12.30pm: A THUNDERSTORM has been detected moving towards the southeast coast.

It is tracking to the northeast, currently situated approximately 50km to the southwest of Surfers Paradise.

The Bureau earlier warned that severe storms may produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall over the next several hours.

11.50am: A GENERAL Severe Thunderstorm Warning for damaging wind and heavy rainfall has been issued for people in parts of the Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

The Weather Bureau warns that severe thunderstorms may produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Coolangatta, St George, Stanthorpe and Boonah.

Afternooon storms

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.

The next warning is due to be issued by 2:50 pm.

11.30am: THUNDERSTORMS have been detected on weather radar approximately 86km to the west, southwest of the Gold Coast.

The lightning active cell is moving towards the northeast and contains areas of moderate-to-heavy rainfall.

The Weather Bureau had forecast possible severe scattered thunderstorms to develop late in the morning, becoming less likely at night.

There is no Severe Thunderstorm Warning current. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued if the storms are expected to produce any of the following:

  • Damaging wind gusts (90 km/h or more)
  • Large hail (2cm diameter or more)
  • Very heavy rainfall (conducive to flash flooding)
  • Tornadoes