Storms pop up across the Southeast

2.55pm UPDATE: A SMALL lightning active thunderstorm which delivered heavy rainfall, blustery winds and small hail to southern Gold Coast suburbs this afternoon is slowly contracting offshore.

Storms were first detected over the southern hinterland around 1pm before they marched towards Coolangatta and intensified.

The isolated cell produced heavy rain and strong winds as it impacted areas between Palm Beach and Tweed Heads.


Small hailstones were reported at Banora Point, Elanora, Tallebudgera and Currumbin.

Flights have been grounded at Gold Coast Airport, with reports passengers have been stuck on the tarmac for over an hour.

The Bureau warns further isolated thunderstorms are likely to develop across the southeast this afternoon.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will only be issued if storms are expected to produce damaging wind gusts (90 km/h or more), large hail (2cm diameter or more), very heavy rainfall (conducive to flash flooding) and tornadoes.

There are no weather warnings current.