UPDATE @ February 27, 6.30 AM | Gold Coasters are back in business following a mass blackout caused by severe thunderstorms overnight.
Almost 4000 homes were without power from 7.00pm as wild weather lashed the city.
Tugun was the hardest hit suburb, with 1,283 buildings blacked out. However, Carrara, Currumbin, Merrimac, Paradise Point, Southport, Tallai and Worongary were also affected by the outage.
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Energex crews desperately worked to restore the power, which they confirmed was cut due to damage from the storms.
Meanwhile, emergency crews are reminding motorists not to drive through flooded waters. It comes after heavy rainfall caused a number of Gold Coast roads to go under overnight.
Just before 10.00pm, two people had to be rescued after they became stuck in flooded waters on Nerang-Broadbeach Road in Clagiraba.
Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford today expressed his frustration over people continuing to “make poor judgement calls” in dangerous floodwaters.
“Frankly, I’m getting sick and tired of seeing these reports on a daily basis, about incidents where our emergency crews are having to put their lives are risk rescuing people who have tried to drive through floodwaters,” Mr Crawford said.
“It’s disappointing and astounds me that people continue to make poor judgement calls, and expose themselves to risk.
“It doesn’t matter what kind of car you drive, how experienced you are, or how badly you need to get across that road: if it’s flooded, forget it.”
EARLIER @ February 26, 7.00 PM | SEVERE thunderstorms have cut power to almost 4000 homes on the Gold Coast tonight.
At 7.10pm, exactly 3906 homes and businesses were without power across the city. Tugun seems to be the hardest hit suburb, with 1,283 buildings currently blacked out.
Carrara, Currumbin, Merrimac, Paradise Point, Southport, Tallai and Worongary are also in darkness.
Energex has confirmed the wild weather is the cause of the outage.
Crews are desperately working to restore the power, however at this stage an exact time frame is unknown.
An updated warning from the Bureau of Meteorology said severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Boonah, Laidley and Nerang just before 7.00pm.
The thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Beenleigh, Logan City and the area between Boonah and Beaudesert by 7:25 pm and Brisbane CBD, Ipswich, Beaudesert and Cleveland by 7:55 pm.
EARLIER @ 5.45pm | Gold Coasters are being urged to brace for heavy rainfall with a severe thunderstorm warning just issued for the city.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 5:35 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Springbrook and Murwillumbah.
The thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Coolangatta and Mudgeeraba by 6:05 pm and Southport and Mount Tamborine by 6:35 pm.
The weather bureau says heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* 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.
The next warning is due to be issued by 6:35 pm.