Potentially severe Spring storm setup a fail

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STORM TEASE: Monday afternoon’s storm just a taste of this today’s forecast. PICTURE: Tanya Roebig-Erwin SOURCE: Supplied

THUNDERSTORMS have lost intensity as the evening progresses.

At 5.14pm, a small fast-moving storm delivered small hailstones to Tallai, Robina and areas between Surfers and Palm Beach at the activity contracted offshore.


2PM: We’re being told to keep an eye on the sky this afternoon with potentially severe thunderstorms forecast to slam into the Coast sometime this afternoon, bringing with them the threat of damaging winds and large hailstones.

The crew from South Brisbane Storms, a popular storm chasing group based in southeast Queensland, said development had already been detected on weather radar as forecast.

“Convection is now rapidly developing along the ranges with some storms already intensifying in the Brisbane Valley,” a South Brisbane Storms spokesperson said.

“Keep an eye on radar over the next hour, as things might start to develop very quickly from this point onwards.”

The Weather Bureau has forecast thunderstorms from the early afternoon, through until the evening. Unfortunately, very little in the way of rainfall is expected.

Jeffrey Higgins from Higgins Storm Chasing yesterday said some storms may turn severe, with damaging winds, large hail and frequent lightning.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will only be issued if storms are expected to produce damaging wind gusts (90 km/h or more), large hail (2cm diameter or more), very heavy rainfall (conducive to flash flooding), or tornadoes.

NOTE: All thunderstorms generally produce lightning, and many produce gusty winds, brief heavy showers and hail.