Severe Storm Warning

Severe storms continue to lash parts of the Gold Coast

UPDATE @ 4.55PM: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a fresh storm warning for parts of the Gold Coast.

According to BOM, the threat of super cells is easing across the southeast but there is still plenty of storm activity in the area.

One band of storms is tracking towards the New South Wales border and is forecast to hit Coolangatta by 5.10pm.


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It comes after massive storms wreaked havoc across the Gold Coast earlier this afternoon, bringing down power lines and dumping large hail.

Winds of 78km/h were recorded at the Seaway and 70km/h at Coolangatta.

Heavy rain lashed the city with the northern Gold Coast copping the brunt.

Coomera recorded 29mm of rain, 37mm fell in Couran Point and 41mm in Cedar Creek.

The BOM has warned that storm activity is likely to continue into the evening.

Image: BOM

 

UPDATE @ 3.50PM: Energex reports more than 120,000 lightning strikes have hit the south-east so far this afternoon.

At least 30 powerlines have been brought down across the region, including several on the Gold Coast.

There are currently more than 34,000 homes and businesses without power, with 10,574 of those on the Gold Coast.

The worst affected suburbs are Coomera, Helensvale, Ormeau Hills and Pimpama.

More than 16,000 customers remain without power across LOgan.

Train services have also been heavily impacted by this afternoon’s storms with trains suspended between Helensvale and Kuraby on the Gold Coast and Beenleigh lines.

Overhead power lines have been brought down in the storm.

Alternative transport is being arranged but commuters are warned to expect delays of up to 60 minutes.

 

UPDATE @ 3.25PM: The Bureau is waring of more severe storm activity heading for the Gold Coast with an emergency warning in place.

QFES is urging people to seek shelter with more destructive winds and giant hail likely.

Hail as big as 13cm was recorded in Hillcrest in Logan earlier this afternoon.

Another band of storms is moving in from the northwest with northern suburbs of the Gold Coast likely to be in the firing line again.

“The Bureau is warning the situation is volatile and continuing to change quickly, and for their own safety people should actively monitor the Bureau of Meteorology and Emergency Services for updates and warnings as they will continue to change and be updated as the situation evolves.

“Some of these storms are fast-moving and fast-forming, so people should consider whether they need to be outside or on the road at the moment.”

Storm activity is set to continue into the evening.

Storm Warning Map @ 1500. Image: BOM

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.

UPDATE @ 3.10PM: There are now more than 11,700 homes and businesses without power across the Gold Coast.

Among the suburbs affected – Bonogin, Coomera, Gaven, Helensvale, Hope Island, Kingsholme, Lower Beechmont, Luscombe, Nerang, Norwell, Ormeau, Ormeau Hills, Oxenford, Pacific Pines, Pimpama, Tallebudgera, Tallebudgera Valley, Woongoolba and Yatala.

Energex is warning people to stay well away from any fallen power lines.

UPDATE @ 2.50PM: An emergency warning has been issued with authorities warning of ‘life threatening’ storms currently moving across the Gold Coast.

QFES is urging people to seek shelter with destructive winds and giant hail.

Hail the size of gold balls have been recorded in several parts of the city including Helensvale, Oxenford and Coomersa.

More than 7000 homes and businesses across the Gold Coast are currently without power.

The areas worst affected by power outages at the moment are Pimpama, Oremau, Ormeau Hills, Yatalam Nerang and Gaven.

There is another 16000 homes and businesses without power across the Logan area.

IMAGE: BOM

 

EARLIER @ 2.15PM: A huge storm continues to close in on the Gold Coast from the northwest.

The Bureau is warning of the high chance of damaging, locally destructive winds, large, possibly giant hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.

Hail as big as 7cm has been recorded near Ipswich.

The storm is continuing to track towards the southeast.

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.

Image: BOM

 

LATEST @ 1.15 PM | A severe thunderstorm warning for possibly giant hailstones and damaging, locally destructive winds has been issued for the Gold Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology said “very dangerous thunderstorms” were detected on the weather radar near Amberley, Rosewood and Grandchester around 1.10pm.

It’s understood the thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast.

“Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Bundamba Lagoon, Greenbank and Redbank Plains by 1:40 pm and Hope Island, Jimboomba and South Stradbroke Island by 2:10 pm,” BOM said.

Other severe thunderstorms have also been detected on the weather radar near Gatton and Crows Nest.

“They are forecast to affect Laidley, the area southwest of Esk and Hatton Vale by 1:40 pm and the area south of Esk and the area west of Esk by 2:10 pm.”

It comes after golf ball sized hail was observed around Gatton and Adare around 12:30pm on Saturday.

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.

EARLIER @ 12.20 PM | The Gold Coast is in the firing line of a very dangerous thunderstorm this afternoon.

A detailed severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding has now been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.

“At 12:10 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Peak Crossing, the area south of the NSW border and the NSW border,” BOM said.

“These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast.”

The storms have been predicted to hit Beaudesert, the area between Boonah and Beaudesert and Bundamba Lagoon by 12:40 pm and Nerang, Mount Tamborine and Tamborine by 1:10 pm.

EARLIER @ 12.00 PM | A severe thunderstorm warning has just been issued for a large part of the state, including the Gold Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology the severe storms will rapidly develop over the coming hours with “very dangerous thunderstorms” with giant hail and destructive winds likely to initiate along the dryline and extend eastward during the afternoon.

“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours,” BOM said.

Locations which may be affected include the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Gympie, Kingaroy, Caboolture, Coolangatta and Ipswich.

The weather bureau said if severe thunderstorms develop in the Southeast Queensland area, east of Dalby from Rainbow Beach to Stanthorpe, a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued to people in this area.

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Where is Coomersa?