Warnings issued as severe storms surge towards the Gold Coast

UPDATE at 4:30 PM | THE Gold Coast has just been removed from the severe thunderstorm warning, as the line of cells that were surging towards the city lose intensity.

The weather bureau says while the storm is still likely to impact parts of the Coast, it is no longer whipping up wind gusts stronger than 90km/h, nor is it producing large hailstones.

The core of the storm was smashing the hinterland at 4.30pm, particularly Mount Tamborine, with areas of heavy rain, strong wind and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning.


4.30pm radar image (Source: weatherzone.com.au)

The weather bureau had included the Gold Coast in its 4pm warning. See it below.

FIRST at 4:10 PM | THE Gold Coast has been included in the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest severe thunderstorm warning, as a line of cells surge towards the city from the west.

The weather bureau warns that, at 4pm, severe thunderstorms were detected near Kooralbyn, Yarraman, Nanango and Lamington National Park. See the forecast track map below.

These storms were forecast to affect Boonah, the area between Boonah and Beaudesert, Laravale and the area north of Nanango by 4:30pm and Beaudesert, Canungra, Harrisville and Haden by 5:00pm.

4pm forecast track map (Source: bom.gov.au)

4pm radar image (Source: weatherzone.com.au)

The weather bureau says the storms are moving “towards the north-to-northeast” and warns they are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones.

The storms are also producing areas of heavy rain and frequent, dangerous lightning.

It comes after residents right across southeast Queensland sweltered through yet another day of stiffing heat.

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.

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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.