LATEST @ 5.50 PM | Close to 4000 homes are currently without power on the Gold Coast as severe thunderstorms lash the city.
The northern Gold Coast appears to be copping it the most at the moment, with around 1900 properties blacked out in Coomera.
The wild weather has also cut power to 1493 homes in Ormeau Hills and 375 properties in Ormeau.
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Energex crews are currently on scene working to fix the power outage, but the dangerous weather is making the job difficult.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that “very dangerous thunderstorms” were detected on the weather radar near the area north of Kingaroy just before 6pm.
“Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Kingaroy, the area south of Kingaroy and Nanango by 6:20 pm and Blackbutt, Linville and Yarraman by 6:50 pm,” BOM warned.
“Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Hope Island, South Stradbroke Island and Southport.”
The wild weather is forecast to hit Miami, waters off Tweed Heads and waters off South Stradbroke Island by 6:20 pm.
Damaging, locally destructive winds, large, possibly giant hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.
EARLIER @ 4.45 PM | A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for the South East this afternoon, including the Gold Coast.
The Bureau of Meteorology said that at 4.40pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Ipswich, Archerfield and Wacol.
The thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast and are forecast to affect Logan City, Sunnybank Hills and Lake Boondooma by 5:10 pm and Beenleigh, the area northwest of Kingaroy and Coomera by 5:40pm.
“Damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely,” BOM warned.
Gold Coasters are being told to move their cars undercover and secure loose items around the home.
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 5:45 pm.