Storms whip up chaos on Gold Coast
UPDATE: Around 2000 homes are without power on the Gold Coast after this afternoon's thunderstorm.
News Corp reports the severe weather stopped five trams and forced an evacuation of the tarmac at the Gold Coast Airport.
The SES and emergency services are responding to requests to help and there is some minor flooding at Currumbin Creek at Rathdowney after 44 mm of rain fell in 30 minutes.
There are also reports of tree damage in the Tallebudgera and Currumbin Valley.
There were also reports of hail in the Tweed region of New South Wales.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Logan City and Tingalpa Reservoir at 6.20 pm.
These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast.
They are forecast to affect Boonah, Cleveland and Wynnum by 6:50 pm and the area between Boonah and Beaudesert, Brisbane Airport and Mud Island by 7:20 pm.
3.56 PM : The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:00 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Coolangatta and Mudgeeraba.
These thunderstorms are moving towards the north east.
Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Nerang and Southport by 4:30 pm and Hope Island, South Stradbroke Island and waters off South Stradbroke Island by 5:00 pm.
3.12 PM: The Bureau of Meteorology warns that at 3.15 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the NSW border.
These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast to southeast. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Coolangatta by 3:45 pm and waters off Tweed Heads by 4:15 pm.
Meanwhile, other severe thunderstorms were located near Rathdowney and Maroon Dam. They are forecast to affect Laravale, Kooralbyn and the area west of Conondale by 3:45 pm and Beaudesert, Conondale and Kenilworth by 4:15 pm.
Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.
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.
EARLIER: AUTHORITIES have issued another severe storm warning with hail and heavy rain expected to hit the Sunshine Coast and south-east Queensland this afternoon.
Most parts of south-east Queensland were hit by thunderstorms yesterday and a similar situation is brewing today.
The storm warning, issued at 1.45pm, warns that "severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Roma, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe and Goondiwindi.