UPDATE @ 5.30PM | The BOM has cancelled the severe storm warning for the Gold Coast with the worst of it now heading out to sea.
However, showers are expected to continue for the next couple of hours with the possibility of more heavy falls.
The BOM is also now ruling out the possibility that more storms could develop later this evening.
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More than 2500 homes are still without power with Arundel, Carrara, Labrador, Molendinar, Parkwood and Worongary the worst affected suburbs.
UPDATE @ 4.45PM | A severe storm continues to sweep across the Gold Coast with a warning remaining in place for the city.
The BOM reported the dangerous cell was detected in Southport at 4.20pm.
It is continuing to move south and is expected to have hit Coolangatta by 4.50pm.
Hail as big as golf balls has been reported in some areas including Coomera, Nerang and Arundel.
Heavy rain has lashed most of the city with Molendinar receiving 89 millimetres this afternoon.
Numerous roads across the Gold Coast are being impacted by flash flooding while several sets of traffic lights are also out.
Almost 3000 homes and businesses are now without power across the Gold Coast.
The worst affected areas are Arundel, Benowa, Molendinar, Parkwood, Carrara and Worongary.
More storms are expected to impact the Gold Coast over the coming hours with more cells moving in from the north.
UPDATE @ 3.50PM | Storms have left more than 2200 homes and businesses without power on the Gold Coast.
Molendinar is the worst affected area at the moment with more than 900 customers impacted.
Arundel, Parkwood, Benowa and Carrara have also seen hundreds of customers blacked out.
A small number of customers in Ashmore and Nerang are also currently without power
EARLIER @ 3.20PM | A severe storm warning has been issued for the Gold Coast as a large cell moves across the city.
Small hail and heavy rain have already been reported in parts of the northern and western suburbs of the Gold Coast.
Storms have been lashing parts of the southeast for most of the afternoon but had largely avoided the Gold Coast until now.
The BOM warned that severe storms were detected on the radar at 3.05pm between Boonah and Beaudesert, Bundamba Lagoon and Canungra.
“These thunderstorms are moving towards the south to southeast. They are forecast to affect Beaudesert, Greenbank and Redbank Plains by 3:35 pm and Coolangatta, Tamborine and Logan Village by 4:05 pm.”
“Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is the main hazard with these storms. Marginally large hail is also possible.”
Golf-ball sized hail has already been recorded in other areas of the southeast while some areas have had more than 50 millimetres of rain dumped in just half an hour.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover.
* 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.