5:45pm UPDATE: Severe thunderstorms are no longer affecting the Southeast Queensland area.
The Weather Bureau advises the immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.
EARLIER @ 5:07pm: A SEVERE Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for people in parts of the Scenic Rim Council Area, west of the Gold Coast.
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The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:55pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Aratula.
These thunderstorms are moving towards the east and are forecast to affect Moogerah Dam by 5:25 pm and Boonah by 5:55 pm.
Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely.
The Bureau says the Gold Coast can expect mainly isolated showers, more likely inland and about the ranges, with thunderstorms likely remaining inland.
The Gold Coast’s thunderstorm chances are likely to increase as the working week progresses.
For more information on disaster preparedness and how to Get Ready on the Gold Coast, please visit the City of Gold Coast website.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people in the warning area should:
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* 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 6:10 pm.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.