Severe thunderstorms expected to lash the Gold Coast

UPDATE: A SEVERE thunderstorm is expected to hit the Gold Coast this afternoon with DAMAGING WIND and LARGE HAIL likely.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:05 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Logan City, Jimboomba, Woodridge, Sunnybank Hills, Beerburrum and Mount Beerwah.

They are forecast to affect Beenleigh, Cleveland, Ormiston, Bribie Island, Beerwah and Peachester by 3:35 pm and the area southwest of Caloundra, Victoria Point, Dunwich, Peel Island, waters off Bribie Island and northern Bribie Island by 4:05 pm.


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A severe storm cell appears to be heading straight towards Coomera.

Damaging winds and large hail 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.

The next warning is due to be issued by 4:15 pm.

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UPDATE: PARTS of southeast Queensland are being told to brace for damaging wind and large hail stones over the coming hours as severe thunderstorms move towards the east.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:20 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Harrisville, Lake Manchester, Upper Brookfield, Mount Nebo, Highvale and Dayboro.

They are forecast to affect Strathpine, Albany Creek, Lake Samsonvale, Kallangur, Narangba and Burpengary by 2:50 pm and Brisbane CBD, Redcliffe, Brighton, Scarborough, Deception Bay waters and Beachmere by 3:20 pm.

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.

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EARLIER: PARTS of southeast Queensland are being told to brace for damaging wind and rain over the coming hours as severe thunderstorms start to cross over from out west.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 1:05 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Esk.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east.

They are forecast to affect the area south of Esk and northern Lake Wivenhoe by 1:35 pm and Lowood, Fernvale, southern Lake Wivenhoe and the D’Aguilar Ranges by 2:05 pm.

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.

The next warning is due to be issued by 2:05 pm.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Southeast Coast district.

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