LATEST @ 8.00 PM | Wild weather has forced the cancellation of the Gold Coast Mayor’s Christmas Carols halfway through the much-anticipated event.
A number of acts were able to perform for the sold-out crowd at the HOTA outdoor stage before a massive storm front put a dampener on the festive celebrations.
Organisers of the event released a statement a short time ago, saying while it is disappointing, they couldn’t risk the safety of the crowd and everyone involved.
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“For the safety of our audiences and artists, the Mayor’s Christmas Carols has been cancelled tonight,” HOTA said.
“We had a good couple of hours and we’re really disappointed, but the main acts will perform for the televised events.
“Thanks to the @cityofgoldcoast, artists and crew in getting the event running. Maybe 2022 is our year, yeah?”
A severe thunderstorm warning remains in place for the Gold Coast, but the major threat appears to have now passed
During the hour of weather chaos, multiple locations over the border recorded damaging wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h, peaking at 139 km/h at Byron Bay.
Golf ball sized hail has also been reported at Hatton Vale in the Lockyer Valley Region.
EARLIER @ 6.40 PM | A severe thunderstorm warning for destructive winds, giant hailstones and heavy rainfall has been issued for the Gold Coast.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, “very dangerous” thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Boonah and Kooralbyn around 6.15pm.
These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Beaudesert, the area between Boonah and Beaudesert and Peak Crossing by 6:45 pm and Ipswich, Coolangatta and Wacol by 7:15 pm.
Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Rosevale and the area northwest of Cunninghams Gap.
They are forecast to affect Laidley, Rosewood and Hatton Vale by 6:45 pm and Upper Brookfield, Lowood and Fernvale by 7:15 pm.
Damaging, locally destructive winds, large, possibly giant hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.
Mutliple locations over the border have already recorded damaging wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h, peaking at 139 km/h at Byron Bay.
A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* 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.