UPDATE @ 1.15 PM | A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has just been issued for south east Queensland.
The Bureau of Meteorology says a severe thunderstorm was detected on the weather radar near Sunnybank Hills just before 1.00pm.
The storm cell is moving towards the northeast and is forecast to affect Woodridge and Slacks Creek by 1:30 pm and Camp Hill and Manly by 2:00 pm.
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People in parts of Gympie, Logan, Redland City and Brisbane are in the firing line at the moment.
Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely, with the weather bureau warning large accumulations of small hail could also hit.
Whilst no storm warnings have been issued for the Gold Coast, the city has been copping quite a bit of rainfall over the past few hours. Since 9am, 18 millimetres of rain has fallen at Coolangatta.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises 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.
The next warning is due to be issued by 2:00 pm.
EARLIER @ 12.15 PM | It’s time to whip out the gumboots and umbrellas Gold Coast, because the rains have well and truly arrived!
Heavy rain is starting to impact parts of the Coast at the moment, with the southern suburbs including Coolangatta, Tweed Heads, Springbrook and surrounds currently copping the most wet weather.
According to the radar, Coomera is about to cop a drenching with heavy rain also making its way towards Logan.
Dozens of lightning strikes have also been recorded across the coast this morning, with action ramping up within the past hour.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a tweet a short time ago, confirming that storms are firing up, however no official storm warnings from the weather bureau have been issued yet.
Up to 15 millimetres of rain has been predicted for today, while 20-35 millimetres has been forecast for tomorrow, however the Bureau of Meteorology says some areas could even see between 60 or 70 millimetres.
It’s understood the wet weather is the result of an upper trough moving northwards into Queensland and combining with moist atmosphere.
Showers and storms are firing up in eastern #Qld! Expect this activity to continue this afternoon, overnight and into tomorrow. We have all our fingers and toes crossed ? for everyone who needs the rain. Check your nearest radar at: https://t.co/RDeYCOIPzl pic.twitter.com/cijEfh3Khk
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) October 11, 2019
The States Peak Motoring body is urging motorists to drive with caution on the roads and to turn their headlights on in dangerous conditions.
Take care if you’re about to hit the road, and if weather conditions look too risky, avoid driving! https://t.co/1KcIcWpBBn
— RACQ (@RACQOfficial) October 11, 2019