UPDATE @ 3.00pm: A severe thunderstorm warning for the Gold Coast has been cancelled.
The Bureau of Meteorology said the severe thunderstorms are no longer affecting the Southeast Queensland area, east of Dalby from Rainbow Beach to Stanthorpe.
“The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary,” the weather bureau said.
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Rain is still very heavy on the coast however, with motorists being urged to drive with caution this afternoon.
EARLIER @ 12.35pm: The Gold Coast has now been included in the severe thunderstorm warning for southeast Queensland.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the storms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Fraser Island and Caboolture.
Falls over 60mm per hour have already been recorded on the Sunshine Coast and in western Brisbane suburbs.
The weather bureau said damaging winds and large hailstones are expected in parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields district. Locations which may be affected include Emerald, Clermont, Capella, Dysart, Bogantungan and Comet.
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.
EARLIER @ 12.15pm: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for southeast Queensland.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Brisbane CBD, Maroochydore, Logan City, Strathpine, Caboolture, Kilcoy and Caloundra.
The Gold Coast has not yet been included in the warning, however we will be sure to keep you updated throughout the afternoon.