After copping a battering of high winds, rain and lightning activity last night the Gold Coast is expecting another storm to roll in this afternoon.
Meteorologist Sean Fitzgerald said inland areas are expected to be hit first before the weather comes to the Coast.
“These types of storms tend to hit later in the afternoon, so I’d recommend keeping a close eye on the Bureau of Meteorology severe weather tracker,” he said.
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“Storms can develop very quickly in the afternoon, all the ingredients are there for a severe storm this afternoon.
“There is also a warning for severe hail and extremely strong winds.”
Severe storms are forecast for #SEQ and #Brisbane again today with Damaging to Destructive winds and large #hail likely. Check our weather radar network and warnings for updates throughout the day: https://t.co/yOEe93841G #qldstorm #bnestorm pic.twitter.com/SbVkMdrIla
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) February 12, 2018
Repair crews have been scrambling around South-East Queensland trying to restore power to more than 40,000 properties which have lost power from last night’s storm.
Energex reported more than 265,000 lightning strikes across the South East, with the Gold Coast’s Q1 hotel regularly being struck.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advise 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.
For the latest warnings, click here.