Severe thunderstorm warning issued for southeast Qld, large hail likely

5:00PM | THE warning for the thunderstorm moving through the Gold Coast has been downgraded.

The cell dumped pea size hail over much of the Gold Coast, including Robina, Nerang, Merrimac, Mermaid Waters, Miami, Burleigh Waters, Mudgeeraba and Carrara. It is now contracting offshore.

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Meanwhile, hailstones larger than tennis balls smashed parts of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

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4:55PM | Latest severe weather warning for people in the Redland City, Noosa, Moreton Bay and parts of the Gympie, Logan, Somerset, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane City Council Areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:55pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area southeast of Gympie and Amamoor.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the north to northeast and are forecast to affect the area east of Gympie and Kin Kin by 5:25 pm and the area northeast of Gympie and Goomboorian by 5:55pm.

Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Mount Cotton, southern Lake Wivenhoe and Nerang. They are forecast to affect the D’Aguilar Ranges, Dayboro and Mount Mee by 5:25 pm and Wamuran, Beerburrum and Mount Beerwah by 5:55pm.

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Large hailstones, destructive winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.

Golf to tennis ball sized hail has been reported from the Peachester area. Tennis ball hail has been reported from other areas of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

4:45PM | It’s now hailing in parts of the Gold Coast – reported in parts of Nerang, Robina, Merrimac, Mermaid Waters, Burleigh Waters and Mudgeeraba.

4:40PM | Hail the size of golf balls have fallen in O’Reilly’s Rainforest, near Natural Bridge, in the Gold Coast hinterland.  A very dangerous thunderstorm is now moving through the Gold Coast City.

Golf ball size hail in O'Reilly's Rainforest PHOTO: ‎Vicki Parkinson

Golf ball size hail in O’Reilly’s Rainforest PHOTO: ‎Vicki Parkinson

Golf ball size hail in O'Reilly's Rainforest PHOTO: Bev Ann Warren

Golf ball size hail in O’Reilly’s Rainforest PHOTO: Bev Ann Warren

4:20PM | Updated warning for people in the Logan, Gold Coast, Redland City, Sunshine Coast, Noosa and parts of the Ipswich, Gympie, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay Council Areas. (see updated track map below)

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:10pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Mapleton, Kenilworth, Maleny and the McPherson Range.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect the area southwest of Noosa Heads, the area west of Noosa Heads and Pomona by 4:40pm and Noosa Heads, the area north of Noosa Heads and the area southeast of Gympie by 5:10pm.

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Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Laidley and the area between Boonah and Beaudesert. They are forecast to affect Beaudesert, Beenleigh and Logan City by 4:40pm and Mount Nebo, Highvale and the D’Aguilar Ranges by 5:10pm.

Large hailstones, destructive winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.

3:55PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology has requested transmitters serving the Sunshine Coast hinterland area to use the standard EMERGENCY WARNING SIGNAL before broadcasting this update.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:55pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Montville, Palmwoods, Maleny and the McPherson Range.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the north to northeast and are forecast to affect Kenilworth, Yandina and Eumundi by 4:25pm and Noosa Heads, waters off Noosa Heads and the area northwest of Noosa Heads by 4:55pm.

Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Mulgowie and Woodford. They are forecast to affect Laidley, Gatton and Mount Beerwah by 4:25pm and the area south of Esk, Beerburrum and Beerwah by 4:55pm.

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A second VERY DANGEROUS THUNDERSTORM is approaching the Gold Coast from the southwest. It is likely to hit the city within the hour. This storm produced 7cm hail as it moved through northeast NSW.

Very large hailstones, destructive winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.

Golf to tennis ball sized hail has been reported from the Peachester area.

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.

3:50PM | GOLD Coasters are being warned to move their cars under cover and secure outdoor items as a VERY DANGEROUS THUNDERSTORM approaches the city from the south-west.

The bureau warns large hailstones, destructive winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely. The storm has produced 7cm hail as it moved through Kyogle in northeast NSW.

3:30PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:30pm, multiple very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Peachester, Crohamhurst, Woodford and the NSW border.

These storms are moving towards the north-to-northeast and are forecast to affect Nambour, Mapleton and Kenilworth by 4:00pm and the area south of Noosa Heads, the area southwest of Noosa Heads and the area west of Noosa Heads by 4:30pm.

Other severe thunderstorms are forecast to affect Mulgowie by 4:00pm and Laidley, Gatton and Marburg by 4:30pm.

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The bureau warns large hailstones, destructive winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.

Hailstones 7cm wide have been recorded at Kyogle, 60 kilometres south-west of the Gold Coast. This storm is tracking north-east, towards the coast and, if it maintains its speed and intensity, could hit within the hour.

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3:15PM | Huge hailstones 7cm wide have been recorded at Kyogle, 60 kilometres south-west of the Gold Coast.

This storm is moving north-east towards the Gold Coast and, if it maintains its intensity and speed, is likely to hit the coast within two hours.

PHOTOS TO COME …

3PM | We’ve got hail the size of marbles falling in Warwick.

Hailstones in Warwick PHOTO: Jamie via South Brisbane Storms on Facebook

Hailstones in Warwick PHOTO: Jamie via South Brisbane Storms on Facebook

Thunderstorms are rapidly developing across the southeast, with the Gold Coast likely to be affected in the next several hours.

2:50PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:45pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area northwest of Warwick and Mount Mee.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to northeast and are forecast to affect Warwick, the area northeast of Warwick and the area north of Warwick by 3:15pm and Caboolture, the area southwest of Caloundra and Beerwah by 3:45pm.

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2:10PM | The Bureau of Meteorology have issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southeast Queensland.

The bureau warns severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include the Gold Coast, Warwick, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Coolangatta, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and islands, Noosa and Caboolture.

A severe thunderstorm has already been detected near southern Lake Wivenhoe. This particular storm is moving towards the northeast and is forecast to affect Dayboro, Mount Mee and Wamuran by 3:10pm.

The bureau warns 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.

EARLIER: WE’RE being told to keep an eye on the sky with severe thunderstorms beginning to fire up in southeast Queensland.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns today’s storms have the potential to became very dangerous, very quickly.

Updates to follow throughout the afternoon.

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