Severe storm warning issued for the Gold Coast

A large storm cell has begun letting up, after wreaking havoc on the Gold Coast.

Some areas have suffered mass power outages and flash flooding after copping a battering from a large, quick moving cell.

Multiple locations around Southport are closed off to traffic, due to flooding.


In particular High Street in Southport is at a standstill, same story for Ada Bell Way in front of the Meriton building and parts of Queens Street.

More than 10,000 properties are in the dark, with the power going out in homes across Arundel, Biggera Waters, Bundall, Labrador, Runaway Bay, Southport and Surfers Paradise.

G:Link has reported that trams have been stopped between Broadbeach and Southport this afternoon, due to the outages.

The Bureau has just tweeted that Southport recorded 76 millimetres of rainfall in just 30 minutes.

The Bureau’s official advice – issued at 12.50pm – said the following:

Severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Mapleton, Kenilworth and Southport.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the north to northeast. They are forecast to affect the area south of Noosa Heads, the area southwest of Noosa Heads and Eumundi by 1:20 pm and Noosa Heads, waters off Noosa Heads and Tewantin by 1:50 pm.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding 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.
* 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.

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