Storm brings heavy rain, tiny hailstones to the Gold Coast

UPDATE @ 1.50pm: The Gold Coast has been removed from the official severe thunderstorm warning.

The cells slammed into the coast just after 10.00am, bringing hail and heavy bursts of rain to the city.

Just over 40mm of rain was recorded at Tallai and Carrara, with widespread falls of 10-30mm elsewhere.


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The wet and wild weather has since moved off-shore, however the drizzly and overcast conditions are set to stick around for the rest of the day.

EARLIER @ 11.15am: A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has just been issued for the Gold Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe and Caboolture.

Hailstones have already been reported in various suburbs across the coast including Nerang and Coombabah.

The heavy rain is also causing chaos on local roads. Traffic is heavy southbound on the M1 from Oxenford to Smith Street, and again through the Robina stretch.

Northbound, delays are being experienced from Reedy Creek to Mudgeeraba and again through Nerang.

The Gold Coast Highway is also heavily congested.

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.

The next warning is due to be issued by 2:00 pm.

EARLIER @ 10.40am: The sunshine has disappeared and black clouds have rolled in, with Gold Coasters warned to brace for a drenching this hour.

The Bureau of Meteorology told myGC that no strong wind or hail warnings have been issued, however said we should brace for heavy rain across the coast over the next half hour or so.

While there has been some lightening and thunder across the northern end of the coast, it’s expected the storm will pass fairly quickly.

The heavy rain is causing chaos on our roads. Traffic is heavy southbound from Oxenford to Smith Street, and again through the Robina stretch.

Northbound, delays are being experienced from Reedy Creek to Mudgeeraba and again through Nerang.

WATCH:

The Bureau earlier predicted that small hail was possible across SE Qld.

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