Storm warnings issued as hailstorms hammer southeast Queensland

UPDATE 5:25 PM | A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Scenic Rim and Gold Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 5:25pm, severe storms capable of producing large hailstones were detected on weather radar near the NSW border.

The bureau says the storms are moving east, towards far southern parts of the Coast. The warning for the Coast comes after a series of hailstorms hammered towns in the Lockyer Valley.


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UPDATE 5:00 PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology says the threat of severe thunderstorms has passed.

Storms continue to sweep through the southeast, but the bureau says they are no longer expected to be severe.

As a result, the earlier severe thunderstorm warning for southeast Queensland has been cancelled.

The bureau says it will continue to monitor the situation and issue further warnings if necessary.

Despite the cancellation, scattered showers and a few weak storms continue to track toward the Gold Coast.

Scattered showers and weak storms were headed for the Gold Coast at 5pm (weatherzone.com.au)

All thunderstorms produce lightning, while most produce gusty winds, brief heavy showers, and hail.

A severe thunderstorm warning will only be issued if storms are expected to produce wind gusts stronger than 90km/h, hail larger than 2cm, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and/or tornadoes.

Visit the Bureau of Meteorology’s website to stay up-to-date with the latest warnings.

EARLIER 3:20 PM | HAILSTORMS have hammered towns in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane.

Storms are sweeping through the southeast, impacting areas as far south Logan to the Sunshine Coast in the north.

A severe thunderstorm warning is current for people in parts of the Ipswich, Gympie, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay Council Areas.

(Bureau of Meteorology)

 

The bureau warns damaging winds and large hailstones are likely in the warning zone over the next several hours.

Towns in the Lockyer Valley, including Crows Nest and Gatton, have already been hit by intense hailstorms.

Hail at Crows Nest PHOTO: Twitter / Becca Boyce

Hail at Gatton PHOTO: Twitter via Giselle McMillan

Photos uploaded to social media show streets awash with ice, blanketed in tiny hailstones.

At this stage, the Gold Coast has not been included in any warnings, with the sun shining over the city.

However, forecasters say the Coast could still cop a storm or two later this afternoon or during the evening.

Visit the Bureau of Meteorology’s website to stay up-to-date with the latest warnings.

3:24pm weather radar SOURCE: weatherzone.com.au


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