UPDATE @ 3.20 PM | A detailed severe thunderstorm warning has now been issued for the Gold Coast, with a number of northern suburbs in the firing line.
The Bureau of Meteorology said that at 3:10 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Mount Tamborine.
The thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Coomera, Hope Island, South Stradbroke Island and Jacobs Well by 3:40 pm and the mouth of the Logan River by 4:10 pm.
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Damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.
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.
The next warning is due to be issued by 4:15 pm.
EARLIER @ 3.00 PM | A severe thunderstorm warning has now been issued for South East Queensland, including the Gold Coast.
The Bureau of Meteorology said 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 the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie and Caboolture.
Ipswich, Moreton Island, Noosa Heads, Cleveland, Jimboomba, Mount Tamborine and Redcliffe are also in the firing line.
EARLIER @ 11.15 AM | It may be hot with blue skies now, but we’re being warned a severe thunderstorm could be on its way.
The Bureau of Meteorology has just released its latest storm forecast, with the Gold Coast included in the “severe thunderstorms possible” category for Tuesday.
Although those on the northern Gold Coast are being warned storms there are more likely.
If the storms do hit, they’re likely to be sometime later this afternoon.
“Severe storms likely for SE Qld today with damaging winds, heavy rainfall & large hail possible,” BOM said.
“There is also a risk of very dangerous thunderstorms with destructive winds, giant hail & intense rainfall in the red area.”
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services is urging residents to prepare for the possible wild weather.
“If you’re able to, take the opportunity now to secure loose items around your yard, move cars & pets to shelter, ensure your Emergency Plan & Emergency Kit is ready,” QFES tweeted.
The Gold Coast is in for a top of 28 today, however inland suburbs are tipped to get even hotter with temperatures soaring to 31 in Nerang and Coomera.
Here we go, Qld! ⛈
If you’re able to, take the opportunity now to secure loose items around your yard, move cars & pets to shelter, ensure your Emergency Plan & Emergency Kit is ready & stay tuned to the @BOM_Qld for further advice. Storms are expected this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/GyAKrQCkJK
— Qld Fire & Emergency (@QldFES) November 17, 2020