Severe thunderstorm warning issued for the Gold Coast

LATEST @ 5.10 PM | The Gold Coast has been included in the severe thunderstorm warning issued for South East Queensland this afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology says severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area northeast of Kingaroy, Rathdowney, the NSW border and Border Ranges National Park just after 5.00pm.

They are forecast to affect Boonah, Cherbourg and Goomeri by 5:35 pm and Little Nerang Dam, Laravale and Somerset Dam by 6:05 pm.


Large hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely.

The next warning is due to be issued by 6:15 pm.

LATEST @ 4.30 PM | The weather bureau has just updated its severe thunderstorm warning to include Mount Tamborine.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Gympie, Kingaroy, Ipswich and Mount Tamborine.

A more detailed severe thunderstorm warning is also in place for people parts of the Gympie, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Southern Downs and South Burnett Council Areas.

LATEST @ 4.00 PM | The first severe thunderstorm warning for the day has been issued for South East Queensland, but it doesn’t include the Gold Coast at this stage.

The Bureau of Meteorology says severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Oakington, Nanango and the area south of the NSW border around 4.00pm.

“These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Moogerah, the area south of Cunninghams Gap and the area east of Nanango by 4:30 pm and Cunninghams Gap, Moogerah Dam and Borumba Dam by 5:00 pm,” the weather bureau warned.

Large hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also in place for parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett, 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.

EARLIER @ 3.00 PM | If you’ve got washing on the line, you may want to bring it inside… with a severe thunderstorm likely to impact the Gold Coast this afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology has just issued a forecast thunderstorm map for Thursday, and it looks like the Gold Coast is in the firing line.

According to the map, the coast is in the red area, which means severe thunderstorms are likely.

“Forecast thunderstorm map for today shows severe storms likely (red) for parts of the southeast, and possible (yellow) for a larger area that includes Brisbane,” BOM said.

“We will monitor conditions throughout the day and issue warnings as necessary.”

Jess Gardner from the Bureau of Meteorology says the storms are likely to hit later this afternoon and into this evening.

“Severe thunderstorms are likely for the South East Coast this afternoon, that does include the Gold Coast so there is the chance of seeing damaging winds, large hail and heavy rainfall,” Ms Gardner told myGC.

“There is also the chance of super-cell thunderstorms through that area as well.”

“We’ve got a surface trough out to the west with a lot of moisture to the east of it, also an upper feature that’s providing instability, and just giving us those conditions that as the day heats up, and the afternoon reaches its maximum through late this afternoon, those storms will start to pop up and we will start to see some severe criteria as they develop.”

The Bureau’s warning we could see some storm action tomorrow as well.

“There’s severe storms on the forecast for tomorrow as well, so do just keep an eye on those warnings as well,” Ms Gardner said.

It comes after the city missed out on some much-needed rain overnight, after storms bypassed the Gold Coast. Parts of Brisbane copped over 100mm of rain, with some areas experiencing flash-flooding.

myGC will keep you up to date should the weather begin to deteriorate throughout the day.