LATEST @ 2.30 PM | A severe thunderstorm warning has now been issued for the Gold Coast as heavy rainfall continues to lash parts of the South East.
According to the weather bureau, a “very moist and unstable” airmass is currently extending across the state ahead of a deepening low over central Australia.
BOM warns the severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours.
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“They are forecast to affect Beenleigh and Logan Village by 3:10 pm and Hope Island, South Stradbroke Island and Jacobs Well by 3:25 pm,” BOM said.
It comes after 46mm of rain was recorded in 30 minutes at Mt Stradbroke.
EARLIER @ 2.15 PM | Severe thunderstorms are lashing parts of South East Queensland, with parts of the Gold Coast likely to cop a downpour.
While the Gold Coast has not yet been included in the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest storm warning, the storm cell does appear to be tracking towards the northern part of the city.
The latest warning by the weather bureau indicated that the severe thunderstorms were moving towards the southeast.
“They are forecast to affect Ipswich, Amberley and Lake Manchester by 2:25 pm and Bundamba Lagoon, Greenbank and Redbank Plains by 2:40 pm,” BOM warned.
“Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely.”
It comes as residents across parts of New South Wales, Queensland, the ACT, South Australia and Victoria were today told to be prepared for severe weather and potential flooding in some areas over the next few days.
“People in southern Queensland, particularly in communities close to the New South Wales border such as Goondiwindi, should prepare for heavy rain and possible flooding now,” BOM said.
“Intense rainfall is possible and could cause river flooding which could last well into next week as flood peaks move downstream.
“Dangerous flash flooding is a key risk for today and tomorrow and has already been observed in areas of southern Queensland.”
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