Storms set to strike the Gold Coast but tipped to clear for midnight fireworks

UPDATE 5:00 PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology says the threat of severe thunderstorms has eased in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.

“Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast are unlikely to see any further thunderstorm activity,” the weather bureau said in a post on Twitter.

As a result, Brisbane and the Gold Coast have been excluded from all severe thunderstorm warnings.


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There are, however, still a few showers lingering about but these are expected to have little to no impact on tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebrations across the Coast.

For a full list of fireworks on the Gold Coast, click here.

UPDATE at 3:20 PM | A SEVERE storm is about to swallow up the Gold Coast from the northwest.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding will be likely.

The storm, currently located near Mount Tamborine and Canungra, is already beginning to impact on northern Gold Coast suburbs.

The weather bureau says the cell should envelope the Coast and impact on southern suburbs by 4.20pm.

(bom.gov.au)

UPDATE at 2:55 PM | THE Gold Coast has been included in the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest severe thunderstorm warning as storms fire up across southeast Queensland.

The warning currently covers parts of Ipswich, Logan, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Gold Coast, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay Council Areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:40pm, a very dangerous thunderstorm was detected on the weather radar near Highvale, Samford and Lake Manchester and is forecast to affect Strathpine, the D’Aguilar Ranges and Lake Samsonvale by 3:10pm and Narangba, Dayboro and Burpengary by 3:40pm.

(bom.gov.au)

Damaging to destructive winds, large to very large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely with this very dangerous storm.

The severe thunderstorm detected near Beaudesert moving towards the Gold Coast hinterland is still considered “severe”, however is longer classified as “very dangerous”.

Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Beaudesert and Esk.

They are forecast to affect Gatton, the area northwest of Esk and Toogoolawah by 3:10pm and Kilcoy, the area west of Kilcoy and Mount Kilcoy by 3:40pm.

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

Hail larger than 4cm has been reported near Grantham, while 3cm stones have been recorded near Allora.

Meanwhile, 71mm of rain fell in the 60 minutes to 2.10pm at Camp Hill Rd, 50km southwest of Laidley.

UPDATE at 2:30 PM | A VERY dangerous thunderstorm has been detected on weather radar, heading for the Gold Coast hinterland.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of the Scenic Rim as the dangerous cell tracks southeast, towards Beaudesert.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that the storm is forecast to impact Beaudesert by 2:50pm before slamming into Canungra by 3:20pm.

The Bureau warns the storm has the potential to produce destructive winds, large to very large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding.

(bom.gov.au)

Other severe storms are impacting areas southwest of Esk and west of Esk and Lake Manchester.

As a result, the severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Ipswich, Logan, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay areas.

At this stage, the Gold Coast city remains excluded from all warnings. This, however, could change as the day progresses.

Hail larger than 4cm has been reported near Grantham, while 3cm stones have been recorded near Allora.

Meanwhile, 71mm of rain fell in the 60 minutes to 2.10pm at Camp Hill Rd, 50km southwest of Laidley.

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.

FIRST at 3:00 AM |NEW Year’s Eve revellers are being urged to keep an eye on the sky today, with showers and severe thunderstorms forecast to sweep through southeast Queensland.

It comes after residents on the Gold Coast were woken by the sounds of rolling thunder around 3am, when twin lightning storms lit up the sky above the city.

The Bureau of Meteorology says today’s storm potential is severe and has urged Queenslanders to not be complacent with any warnings that are issued.

The Bureau warns hailstones larger than 2cm wide, damaging winds stronger than 90km/h and flash flooding will all be possible with any storms that do develop.

Here on the Gold Coast, the mercury is set to soar to 31 degrees coupled with high humidity in Surfers Paradise before a slight ‘cool change’ blows in from the south.

The weather bureau had last night forecast an 80 percent chance of showers and the chance of thunderstorms on the Coast, “most likely in the morning and afternoon”.

The worst of the wild weather, however, is (at this stage) expected to clear the Gold Coast in time for the midnight New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacular on the foreshore.

For a full list on where you can watch tonight’s fireworks on the Gold Coast, click here.

For the latest weather warnings, click here.

To view the latest weather radar, click here.

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.

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