‘Fast and furious’ storm brings hail to the Gold Coast

UPDATE at 12:55 PM | A FAST and furious thunderstorm has lashed parts of the Gold Coast with strong winds, torrential rain, and hail.

The fast-moving cell slammed into the coast just minutes after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the region at 12.30pm.

Small hail was reported in and around Hope Island, Santa Barbara, Paradise Point, Biggera Waters and Runaway Bay, while pea-sized hailstones fell at Arundel.


Weather radar at 12.36pm (Dark red/Purple indicative of hail) | Source: Weatherzone

Ice also fell from the sky further south around Mermaid Waters but residents said it was so small that it melted as soon as it hit the ground.

The storm left as quickly as it came and had contracted offshore at the time of this update.

A general severe thunderstorm warning remains current for the area.

FIRST at 12:30 PM | A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Gold Coast, with the weather bureau warning the city could be lashed with wild winds and hail within the hour.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 12.30pm, severe storms were detected near Nerang.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast and are forecast to affect Coolangatta by 1:05 pm. The bureau warns damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

Severe storms are also active near Albany Creek and Enoggera. They are forecast to affect Cleveland by 1:05 pm and Point Lookout and Amity Point by 1:35 pm.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advise 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.

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.