Thousands without power after morning storm hits the Gold Coast

UPDATE @ 12.00 PM | WORKERS are clearing shattered glass from the streets of Surfers Paradise after 80km/h winds blew out windows in a holiday high rise on the tourist strip.

Photos have emerged on social media of workers sweeping Surfers Paradise Boulevard after the wild winds shattered windows on the 15-storey Breakfree Cosmopolitan Hotel.

Thankfully, there have been no reports of any injuries.


The damaging winds also brought down powerlines, cutting power to almost 5000 homes and businesses on the coast as the storm hit just before 11.00am.

EARLIER @ 11.30 AM | A SEVERE thunderstorm has lashed the Gold Coast, with torrential rain and 80km/h winds.

The storm whipped up an 83km wind gust at the Gold Coast Seaway as it slammed into the coast just before 11.00am.

The wild weather brought down powerlines outside the Mudgeeraba Showgrounds. The leafy suburb was also hard hit by storms on Saturday, with wild winds bringing down a large tree.

Winds have since eased back to around 40km/h at the Seaway.

A storm warning remains current for South East Queensland, including parts of the Gold Coast as the cell moves offshore.

More than 15,500 homes and businesses across the South East were without power at the time of writing, with almost 5000 buildings blacked out here on the Gold Coast.

It’s not known when services will be fully restored.

EARLIER @ 10.15 AM | A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has just been issued for South East Queensland, including the Gold Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology says severe storms were detected on the weather radar near Gatton, the area between Boonah and Beaudesert, Harrisville, Peak Crossing, Grandchester and Helidon at 10.20am.

The thunderstorms are moving towards the east and are forecast to affect Ipswich, Beaudesert, Laidley, Springbrook, Lake Manchester, Lowood and Fernvale by 10:55 am and Brisbane CBD, Coolangatta, Beenleigh, Logan City, Esk, Aspley and Albany Creek by 11:25 am.

The weather bureau told myGC that damaging winds with gusts in excess of 90km/h are likely.

At the time of writing, around 14,355 homes and businesses in south east Queensland were without power, with almost 5000 of those on the Gold Coast.

An Energex spokesperson told myGC that around 3000 lightening strikes had been recorded in the last hour.

Properties in Burleigh Waters, Gilston, Highland Park, Mermaid Waters, Miami, Nerang, Tallai, Upper Coomera, Wongawallan, Worongary have all been affected.

More than 6000 homes in Logan are also in darkness.

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 11:25 am.

For life threatening emergencies phone Triple Zero000

Phone 132 500 for SES Storm and Flood Emergency assistance. Queensland Health 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84). Queensland Traffic and Travel information 13 19 40.