6.30PM: GOLD Coasters are being told to prepare for possible flash flooding this evening as a cluster of severe thunderstorms threaten to dump torrential rain across the southeast.
Rain is beginning to fall over some western and southern suburbs as a severely warned storm band pushes north-east up the coast.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
At the time of writing, the heaviest falls were detected on weather radar inland around Boonah and Beaudesert and appeared to be tracking towards Tamborine and Jimboomba.
Another large moderate-to-heavy area of rain was also detected about 10 kilometres south-west of Springbrook.
The Bureau of Meteorology says thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging wind gusts in the warning area over the several hours.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
- Move your car under cover or away from trees.
- Secure loose outdoor items.
- 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.