Warnings issued as storms fire up in southeast Queensland

6:35 PM | THE Gold Coast has officially been removed from the weather bureau’s severe thunderstorm warning.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the risk of severe thunderstorms has passed on the Gold Coast, however, says it will continue to monitor the situation closely and issue further warnings if necessary.

To stay up to date with the latest warnings, click here.


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6:10 PM | A SEVERE storm has knocked out power to more than 600 homes and businesses on the Gold Coast.

Burleigh Waters appears to be the worst affected area, with 620 customers blacked out in the suburb. A further 38 properties have lost power at Varsity Lakes.

The storm responsible moved through the area just before 5.30pm and dumped small hail in parts of Burleigh.

The latest radar imagery at 6:10pm suggests the severe weather has eased in the far southeast corner of the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology has since downgraded its severe thunderstorm warning to include damaging winds, not destructive winds, and large hail.

The risk of heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding has also been removed from the warning.

The bureau warns further thunderstorm development is possible throughout the evening.

To stay up to date with the latest warnings, click here.

6:09pm Detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning | Source: bom.gov.au

5:30 PM | A SEVERE storm has hit parts of the Gold Coast and the weather bureau warns there’s more to come.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecast the cell to hit Nerang and Southport by 5.05pm, but it slipped just to the south of the suburbs to impact Gilston, Mudgeeraba and Burleigh Heads.

Small hail was reported at Burleigh Heads around 5.15pm. Severe storms continue to build west of the ranges and are forecast to push east and impact the Coast this evening.

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The latest radar imagery shows very dangerous thunderstorms near the area south of Helidon and near Laidley.

These storms are moving towards the east and are forecast to affect Marburg, Lowood and Fernvale by 6:00 pm and Enoggera Reservoir, Mount Nebo, Highvale and Samford by 6:30 pm.

5:30pm Detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning | Source: bom.gov.au

Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Boonah and the area north of Dalby.

They are forecast to affect Beaudesert, the area between Boonah and Beaudesert and the area south of Kingaroy by 6:00 pm and Mount Tamborine, Tamborine, Coomera and Jimboomba by 6:30 pm.

Destructive winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

Giant 10cm hail was reported at Mount Maroon at 4.35pm, while 4cm stones fell at Toowoomba around 5.10pm.

5:10 PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 5:05 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area northwest of Toowoomba, Mudgeeraba and Cunninghams Gap.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast and are forecast to affect Boonah and Toowoomba by 5:35 pm and Beaudesert, the area between Boonah and Beaudesert, Kooralbyn and Mulgowie by 6:05 pm.

Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Gatton, Maroon Dam, Harrisville and Helidon.

5:05pm Detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning | Source: bom.gov.au

They are forecast to affect Laidley, Rosewood, Hatton Vale and Marburg by 5:35 pm and Ipswich, Beenleigh, Logan City and the area south of Kingaroy by 6:05 pm.

Destructive winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

Large 10cm size hail was reported at Mount Maroon at 4:35pm.

Golf ball size hail was reported at Josephvile at 4:25pm.

4:50 PM | THE weather bureau warns a severe storm is on track to impact Nerang and Southport by 5:05pm.

Destructive winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are possible.

Several other severe storms have been detected west of the Gold Coast. These are marching towards the ocean and are likely to reach the Coast later this evening.

4:40 PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:35pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Warwick and the area southeast of Dalby.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east and are forecast to affect the area east of Warwick, the area northwest of Toowoomba and Jondaryan by 5:05 pm and possibly Toowoomba, Helidon and Highfields by 5:35 pm.

Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Beaudesert, the area south of Warwick, the area south of Toowoomba, Jandowae, Clifton and Rathdowney.

They are forecast to affect the area southeast of Warwick, Nerang, Southport and Mount Tamborine by 5:05 pm and Laidley, Mulgowie, Grandchester and Rosewood by 5:35 pm.

Destructive winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

4:35pm Detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning | Source: bom.gov.au

4:30 PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology now warns dangerous thunderstorms could bring destructive winds, large hailstones and heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding to the Gold Coast over the next several hours.

The weather bureau updated their general severe thunderstorm warning at 4:30pm.

It covers the entire southeast coast, and parts of Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa and Warrego and Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.

Locations which may be affected by dangerous thunderstorms include Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Dalby, Coolangatta, Ipswich, Boonah, Beenleigh, Oakey and Jondaryan.

Locations which may be affected by less severe storms include Warwick, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Ipswich, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe and Caboolture.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advise 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.

4:05 PM | THE Bureau of Meteorology warns very dangerous supercell thunderstorms have been detected on weather radar near Border Ranges National Park, Rathdowney and the area west of Clifton.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast and are forecast to impact the area northwest of Warwick, Allora and Clifton by 4:35 pm and Warwick and the area southeast of Warwick by 5:05 pm.

The bureau warns destructive winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

4:05pm Detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning | Source: bom.gov.au

Other severe storms have been detected near Cunninghams Gap, Pittsworth and the area west of Toowoomba.

They are forecast to affect Beaudesert, Dalby, the area southwest of Toowoomba and the area south of Dalby by 4:35 pm and Laravale, Jondaryan and Bowenville by 5:05 pm.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advise 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.

3:50 PM | THUNDERSTORMS are now ‘exploding’ on weather radar, prompting the Bureau of Meteorology to update their severe thunderstorm warning for southeast Queensland.

At 3:50pm, the weather bureau issued a new detailed severe thunderstorm warning for people in the Scenic Rim and parts of the Ipswich, Southern Downs, Dalby, Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley and Gold Coast council areas.

The bureau warns severe thunderstorms have been detected on the weather radar near Boonah, Maroon Dam, Ellangowan and the area west of Pittsworth.

3.55pm Detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning | Source: bom.gov.au

These storms are moving towards the east and are forecast to affect the area northwest of Warwick, the area southwest of Toowoomba and Pittsworth by 4:25 pm and Beaudesert, the area south of Toowoomba and the area southwest of Dalby by 4:55 pm.

The bureau warns damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

These storms are forecast to continue pushing east, towards the coast.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advise 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.

3:30 PM | A DETAILED severe thunderstorm warning has now been issued for southeast Queensland.

The detailed warning for damaging winds and large hailstones covers the Lockyer Valley and parts of Ipswich, the Scenic Rim, Southern Downs, Dalby and Toowoomba forecast areas.

At 3:25pm, the Bureau of Meteorology warned severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Stanthorpe, Millmerran, Cunninghams Gap, Clifton and Cambooya.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east and are forecast to affect the area south of Toowoomba, the area south of Dalby and Tipton by 3:55pm and Laidley, the area north of Dalby and Jimbour by 4:25pm.

3.22pm Detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning | Source: bom.gov.au

They are forecast to continue pushing east, possibly reaching the Gold Coast in the next several hours.

A general severe thunderstorm warning issued at 2.15pm remains current for the Gold Coast. See it below.

The weather bureau warns thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones.

3:30 pm radar and satellite imagery | Source: Weatherzone.com.au

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advise 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.

2:30 PM | A BLANKET Severe Thunderstorm Warning has just been issued for southeast Queensland – the first for the day – as the region braces for what could be the strongest storms of the season.

At 2.15pm, the Bureau of Meteorology warned severe thunderstorms were likely to develop and produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Roma, Coolangatta, Ipswich, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe, Caboolture and Carnarvon National Park.

Yesterday, the weather bureau warned “very large hail” was possible in the far southeast corner of the state today.

At the time of writing, the sun was shining on the Gold Coast, but that is set to change as the afternoon progresses.

The latest satellite imagery shows clouds rapidly building to the west of the city as the upper trough responsible for the unstable weather moves into the region.

The warning comes as the Coast swelters under near 30-degree temperatures along the Coast.

2.15pm Severe Thunderstorm Warning | Source: bom.gov.au

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.

NOTE: All thunderstorms generally produce lightning, while many produce gusty winds, heavy rain, and hail.

The Bureau of Meteorology will only issue a severe thunderstorm warning if storms are expected to produce winds stronger than 90km, hail larger than 2cm in diameter, very heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding and tornadoes.

To stay up to date with the latest official forecasts and weather warnings, click here.