Midnight thunderstorms lashing Sunshine Coast
A FEROCIOUS thunderstorm has shaken the Sunshine Coast from its sleep, as the Bureau of Meterology warns the severe weather could cause flash flooding for "several hours".
The 12.35am alert from the BOM warns Maroochydore and Caloundra areas are most at risk on the Sunshine Coast, with Coolangatta affected further south.
Parrearra Weir was drenched with 46mm in just 30 minutes from midnight.
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The next warning from the BOM is due to be released at 1.35am.
If you need emergency help, phone the SES on 132 500.
[6.40PM] All storm warnings cancelled for south-east Queensland
ALL thunderstorms occuring in south east Queensland have passed and the warnings have been cancelled.
A third storm cell has been detected in south east Queensland.
At 5.25 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the radar near Gatton, Mount Barney, Maroon Dam, Lowood, Fernvale and the NSW border.
The storms are moving south west and are forecast to affect Moogerah and the area north of Gatton by 5.55 pm and southern Lake Wivenhoe and the area south of Cunninghams Gap by 6.25 pm.
[5:00 PM] A second wave of thunderstorms are sweeping through south east Queensland this afternoon.
The Bureau of Meteorology have forecast a severe thunderstorm warning for damaging wind, heavy rain and large hailstones for people in parts of the Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Brisbane and Moreton Bay Council Areas.
At 5:05 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Lowood and Fernvale. These thunderstorms are moving towards the north. They are forecast to affect the area south of Esk by 6:05 pm.
Meanwhile, storms are also lashing the Wide Bay Burnett and Gladstone this afternoon,
[2:00 PM:] The severe thunderstorm warning for south-east Queensland has been cancelled.
The weather bureau says the immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.
A severe thunderstorm is still forecast to hit the Wide Bay and Burnett this afternoon.
[1.30 PM: ] THE severe thunderstorm warning area is moving north-east and is now heading for Caboolture, Kilcoy, Borumba Dam, Imbil, Kandanga and Amamoor in the next few hours.
The storms are forecast to produce heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding.
54 milimetres of rain was recorded in half an hour near Jimboomba at midday.
A more general severe thunderstorm warning exists for the Southeast Coast and parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett districts.
[12:30 PM] A STORM is brewing for south-east Queensland, with the Sunshine and Gold coasts, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and Brisbane being warned to be on alert.
The Bureau of Meteorology released the severe thunderstorm warning at 12.24pm.
The storms may lead to flash flooding for the coming several hours, with the warning area stretching from Rainbow Beach to Coolangatta.
Caboolture, Killcoy, Woodford, Mt Beerwah and Peachester are most likely to be affected.
In just 30 minutes, the Gold Coast hinterland suburb of Jimboomba was drenched with 54mm of rain.
A more general warning has also been released for the south-east coast and parts of Wide Bay and Burnett regions.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services warns that if the storm hits:
* 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.