The Gold Coast is being urged to prepare for heavy rain and potential thunderstorm, with the bureau forecasting thunderstorms throughout today and into tomorrow.
It comes as Tropical Cyclone Kimi continues to bear down on the Far North Queensland coast and is expected to make landfall later tonight or early tomorrow morning.
While that will mean extreme winds, very heavy rain and high tides for those up north, we are also set to feel the effects down south.
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Heavy rain and possibly severe thunderstorms are predicted to hit various areas across the southeast and central Queensland as early as this afternoon.
Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan says we should prepare for a lot of rain.
“I did just want to also highlight that the bureau has got a watch out today for some severe thunderstorms here in South East Queensland too and parts of central Queensland.
“So that severe thunderstorm predicted for today and going into tonight could potentially bring intense rainfall, damaging winds and large hail as well.
“So there is flash flooding risk for the south-east and parts of central Queensland,” Minister Ryan said.
⚡Thunderstorm Forecast⚡ Severe thunderstorms possible about the southeast interior to the coast, risk of damaging winds, heavy rainfall & large hail. Severe weather likely in the northeast due to #CycloneKimi
📡 Radar: https://t.co/RAAhcttn16 pic.twitter.com/b6iBzeiaeK
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) January 17, 2021
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