Gold Coast lashed by severe afternoon thunderstorm

LATEST @ 4. 30 PM | The Gold Coast has copped a battering this afternoon, with severe thunderstorms bearing down on the city.

In the last hour alone, more than 27 millimetres of rain has fallen at Monterey Keys, while Wongawallan has received a downpour of 41 millimetres.

Coomera also took in 21 millimetres of rain and Oxenford recorded 22 millimetres.


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It’s clear the northern Gold Coast copped the brunt of the severe thunderstorms, with residents reporting small hail and damaging winds in suburbs including Helensvale, Oxenford, Upper Coomera, Biggera Waters and Coombabah.

One witness also reported seeing lightning strike a power pole on Hope Island Road in Hope Island, however thankfully there were no power outages for the suburb.

Some local streets across the Gold Coast also took on some water, with myGC receiving reports of water over Reserve Road in Coomera and Helensvale Road in Helensvale.

A severe thunderstorm warning remains in place for parts of the South East, however the storms that lashed the coast this afternoon have now moved out to sea.

The weather bureau said the city could see rain continue to fall throughout the evening, with the chance of more thunderstorms later tonight.

“They could keep on going into the evening and we can’t rule out a rumble of thunder past the midnight mark,” Meteorologist Rosa Hoff said.

EARLIER @ 3.45 PM | Severe thunderstorms are continuing to lash the Gold Coast this afternoon, with the weather bureau warning of “giant hailstones” and intense rainfall that may lead to “dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding”.

An updated severe thunderstorm warning has just been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for the South East.

“At 3:35 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Proston and are moving towards the south east” BOM said.

“Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect the area northwest of Kingaroy by 4:05 pm and the area south of Kingaroy and the area west of Kingaroy by 4:35 pm.

Other severe thunderstorms have also been detected on the radar near Beenleigh, Cleveland, Rainbow Beach and the area south of Toowoomba.

“They are forecast to affect Southport, South Stradbroke Island and Helidon by 4:05 pm and Laidley, Gatton and Grandchester by 4:35 pm,” the bureau said.

Damaging, locally destructive winds, large, possibly giant hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely.

LATEST @ 2.20 PM | Gold Coasters are being warned to brace for possible “giant hailstones” and intense rainfall that may lead to “dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding” this afternoon.

A detailed severe thunderstorm warning has just been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for South East Queensland.

“At 2:10 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Kilcoy, northern Lake Wivenhoe, Somerset Dam, Lake Somerset and Mount Kilcoy,” BOM said.

The thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast.

“Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Caboolture, the area southwest of Caloundra, Peachester, Landsborough, Crohamhurst and Maleny by 2:40 pm and Maroochydore, Caloundra, waters off Caloundra, waters off Maroochydore, waters off Bribie Island and northern Bribie Island by 3:10 pm,” the bureau said.

“Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Peak Crossing and Bauple.

“They are forecast to affect Beaudesert, the area between Boonah and Beaudesert and Jimboomba by 2:40 pm and the ranges south of Gayndah, Mount Tamborine, Tamborine, Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach and Inskip by 3:10 pm.”

The weather bureau said damaging, locally destructive winds, large, possibly giant hailstones and intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding is 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.

EARLIER @ 2.00 PM | The Bureau of Meteorology has just updated its severe thunderstorm warning for South East Queensland, with the Gold Coast now included.

Today’s 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 Warwick, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Ipswich, Kingaroy, Coolangatta, Stanthorpe, Caboolture, Cleveland, Gatton and Jimboomba.

However, a separate, more detailed storm warning also remains in place for the Scenic Rim and Logan.

Radar @ 1.48pm | IMAGE: BOM

“At 1:50 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area west of Esk, the area northwest of Esk, the area west of Kilcoy, Moore, Mount Kilcoy, Linville, the area south of Amberley and the ranges between Biggenden and Tiaro,” BOM said.

“These thunderstorms are moving towards the east and are forecast to affect Esk, Kilcoy, Crohamhurst, Maleny, Conondale and Montville by 2:20 pm and Maroochydore, Logan City, Strathpine, Redcliffe, Caboolture and Caloundra by 2:50 pm.”

Meteorologist Rosa Hoff said the storm action is expected to continue well into this evening.

“This means that we could see some storms generating from early afternoon, but they’re more likely later on,” Ms Hoff said.

“They could keep on going into the evening and we can’t rule out a rumble of thunder past the midnight mark”.

EARLIER @ 1.30 PM | A detailed severe thunderstorm warning has just been issued for South East Queensland.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Cherbourg, Somerset and parts of Ipswich, Gympie, Scenic Rim, South Burnett, Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay Council Areas.

“At 1:20 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area south of Toowoomba, the area northeast of Kingaroy, Blackbutt, Yarraman, Murgon, Cherbourg and Toogoolawah,” BOM said.

“These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast and are forecast to affect Kilcoy, the area west of Kilcoy, Lake Somerset, Mount Kilcoy, Linville and Elgin Vale by 1:50 pm and Laidley, Gatton, Jimna, Mount Mee, Wamuran and Woodford by 2:20 pm.”

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also in place for the Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts.

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Has there been any injuries up there from ben in Newcastle