Storm threat eases but Bureau warns there could be more to come

UPDATE @ 3.30PM: The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms on the Gold Coast has now passed.

But the Bureau has advised that a general storm warning remains in place for the southeast with the possibility of more severe storms later today.

Fast moving cells swept across the Gold Coast earlier in the day prompting several warnings from the Bureau.


Wind gusts of 89 km/h were recorded at Canungra while gusts of 57 km/h were felt in Coolangatta and 54 km/h at the Gold Coast Seaway.

Rainfall varied across the city with 16.4 millimetres at Canugra, 7.2 millimetres at Coolangatta but just 0.4 millimetres at the Gold Coast Seaway.

A General Severe Storm Warning remains in place for the southeast. Image: BOM @ 3.30pm

Meantime 233 homes in the Hinterland are without power this afternoon in the wake of the storms.

A tree brought down powerlines which blacked out homes in Lower Beechmont, Advancetown, Clagiraba and Bonogin.

Energex is investigating a separate power issue in Guanaba.

EARLIER @ 3.00PM: Storms are continuing to impact parts of the Gold Coast this afternoon with a fresh warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.

A severe storm was detected on the radar near Canungra and Mount Tamborine at 2.40pm.

That storm is heading towards the southeast and is expected to hit Mudgeeraba and Nerang by 3.10pm.

It is also expected to impact Coolangatta, Tallebudgera and Miami by 3.40pm.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

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.

Weather radar @ 2.55pm. Image: BOM

EARLIER @ 2.45PM: Lifesavers have closed a number of Gold Coast beaches because of the threat of storms.

Beachgoers are urged to stay out of the water until it is deemed safe.

Surf Lifesaving Queensland advises the following beaches have been closed:

  • Burleigh
  • Kirra
  • Kurrawa
  • Mermaid
  • Miami
  • Nobbys
  • Northcliffe
  • Pacific
  • Southport
  • Surfers Paradise

EARLIER  @ 2.20PM: Fast moving storms continue to threaten the Gold Coast as they move towards the south east.

The BOM has warned that very dangerous thunderstorms have been detected on the radar and are now likely to impact areas around Little Nerang Dam, Tallebudgera and Mudgeeraba by 2:40 pm.

Damaging, locally destructive winds and large, possibly giant hailstones are likely.

Other storm cells are threatening other parts of the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim.

One is forecast to affect Jimboomba by 2:40 pm and Beaudesert, Mount Tamborine and Tamborine by 3:10 pm.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely there as well.

Wind gusts of almost 90 km/h were detected at Canungra.

Image: BOM

EARLIER @ 2.10PM: The BOM has issued a more detailed severe storm warning for parts of the Gold Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:00 pm, a severe thunderstorm was detected on the weather radar near Beaudesert and Mount Tamborine.

This thunderstorm is moving towards the southeast.

It is forecast to affect Tallebudgera, Mudgeeraba and Nerang by 2:30 pm and the McPherson Range and Springbrook by 3:00 pm.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

A more general severe storm warning remains place for the rest of the Gold Coast.

Image: BOM


EARLIER @ 1.50PM: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued its first severe storm warning for the afternoon as a band of storms moves towards the Gold Coast from the west.

The BOM advises that the storms will likely produce damaging winds and large hailstones over the next several hours.

Areas that might be affected include the Gold Coast and Brisbane as well as Kingaroy, Caboolture and Ipswich.

Some areas of the southeast have already been hit by fast moving storms including the Hinterland and parts of the southern Gold Coast with more storms likely.

People are urged to move their car under cover or away from trees and secure any loose outdoor items.

A more detailed severe storm warning will be issued if they continue to develop over the southeast.

Image: BOM