“Very dangerous” hailstorms lash the coast, BOM says more to come

UPDATE 4:30PM | SEVERE thunderstorms have moved offshore of the Gold Coast and are no longer affecting the Southeast Queensland area.

The Bureau of Meteorology says thunderstorms are continuing in northern New South Wales and may affect the southern Gold Coast in the coming hours.

The situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary. A more general severe thunderstorm warning remains current for parts of the Southeast Coast.


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4:15PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued another severe thunderstorm warning for yet another round of storms marching towards Coolangatta.

The weather bureau warns that, at 4:10pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the NSW border.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Coolangatta and waters off Tweed Heads by 4:40pm.

The bureau says damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

The warning comes less than an hour after hailstorms lashed Tweed Heads and parts of the southern Gold Coast. Scroll down for videos and photos.

SOURCE: http://www.bom.gov.au/

SOURCE: http://www.bom.gov.au/

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.

4:00PM | A “very dangerous” hailstorm has lashed Tweed Heads and parts of the southern Gold Coast and the Bureau of Meteorology warning there’s more on the way.

The brief but intense severe thunderstorm has since moved offshore after impacting areas between Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast and Banora Point in northern NSW.

The cell slipped south of the heart of Surfers as it raced out to sea. Hailstones the size of golf balls were reported at Tweed Heads and Banora Point.

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The Bureau of Meteorology says severe storms have temporarily eased in southeast Queensland, however, they are continuing in northern NSW and may affect the southern Gold Coast in the coming hours.

The situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning remains current for parts of the Southeast Coast district.

Hail at Banora Point PHOTO: Supplied via Heidi Fisher

Hail at Banora Point PHOTO: Supplied via Heidi Fisher

Hail at Banora Point PHOTO: Supplied via Kristin Carter

Hail at Banora Point PHOTO: Supplied via Kristin Carter

3:15PM | A SEVERE thunderstorm lashing parts of the southern Gold Coast has just been labelled “very dangerous” by the Bureau of Meteorology.

The bureau warns that, at 3:15pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Tweed Heads(NSW) and waters off Tweed Heads. These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast.

Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Tallebudgera and the area south of the NSW border.

SOURCE: http://www.bom.gov.au/

SOURCE: http://www.bom.gov.au/

These storms are forecast to affect Coolangatta and Miami by 3:45pm.

The bureau warns damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

FIRST: A SEVERE thunderstorm is threatening to lash parts of the southern Gold Coast with damaging wind and large hail.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:55pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Springbrook and the area south of the NSW border.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Tallebudgera by 3:25pm and Coolangatta and Miami by 3:55pm.

The bureau says damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

SOURCE: http://www.bom.gov.au/

SOURCE: http://www.bom.gov.au/

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.

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