Gold Coasters are being urged to brace themselves for severe thunderstorms, which are likely to bring large hail, damaging winds and flash flooding.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Shaun Luscombe said the storms are expected to hit the south east around 3.00pm Thursday.
“There might be the odd rumble around this morning but we’re expecting to see most of the thunderstorm activity this afternoon with maximum heating and the trough moving up the coast,” he said.
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Mr Luscombe said the environment had the potential to see wind gusts in excess of 90km/hr and hail larger than 2cm.
Light rain has been predicted for the next few days, however it won’t be anywhere near as heavy as what we are expecting today.
People have been advised to:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.