UPDATE @ 7.00 AM | The threat of severe thunderstorms has eased for the Gold Coast this morning, but we’re not in the clear just yet.
Some parts of the Gold Coast have seen around 50 millimetres of rainfall in less than half an hour, as cells passed over the city early this morning.
Parts of the M1 around Reedy Creek have flooded as a result, wreaking havoc on the morning traffic.
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The Bureau has now said that the immediate threat has passed, but warns that we could still see wild weather across the morning.
“Severe thunderstorms in the warning area have temporarily eased,” the Bureau’s latest advice reads.
“However, the redevelopment of severe thunderstorms remains likely.
“The situation is being closely monitored and further detailed warnings will be issued as necessary.”
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
EARLIER @ 5.30am | Severe thunderstorms are tracking closer to the Gold Coast, with the threat of damaging winds and hail still a possibility.
“The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 5:25 am, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Rathdowney, Laravale, Border Ranges National Park and the McPherson Range,” the Bureau warning states.
“These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast.
“They are forecast to affect Beaudesert, the area between Boonah and Beaudesert and Jimboomba by 5:55 am and Mudgeeraba, Nerang and Mount Tamborine by 6:25 am.”
UPDATE @ 4.30am (AEST) | Severe thunderstorm warnings have been updated for the Gold Coast as the activity begins to intensify across the southeast.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns storms continue to develop, with the possibility of damaging winds and large hail.
EARLIER @ 3.50am (AEST) | A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Gold Coast as wild weather hits the region for the second morning in a row.
At 3.47am (AEST), the Bureau of Meteorology said a low pressure trough was moving across the southeast this morning, triggering thunderstorms ahead of the system as it tracks further east.
“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours,” the Bureau warning states.
Locations which may be affected include the Gold Coast,as well as Brisbane, Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Ipswich, Kingaroy, Caboolture, Cleveland, Gatton and Jimboomba.
A more specific severe storm warning was also issued for people in parts of Somerset, Scenic Rim, South Burnett, Lockyer Valley, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay at 3.53am.
“The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:50 am, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Aratula, Rosevale and the area east of Nanango,” the Bureau warning read.
“These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast. They are forecast to affect Boonah, Jimna and Moogerah Dam by 4:20 am and Kilcoy, the area west of Kilcoy and Mount Kilcoy by 4:50 am.
“Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.”
It comes after a band of storms moved across the Gold Coast from around 1.30am, bringing a quick dumping of rain right across the city.
Further west, 2cm hail was reported at Rosewood and Laidley as the system moved through.
2,000 homes and businesses also lost power in the Logan area. However, Energex has since resolved the issue.