UPDATE: Severe thunderstorms have temporarily eased around the Southeast Queensland area.

The weather situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary

[7:20 pm:] Hail, rain and strong winds are lashing Gympie and the Cooloola Coast. 

Energex says around 1680 customers in the Gympie region are currently without power and powerlines are down on Gympie Connection Rd, Tin Can Bay Rd at Goomborian Rd.

Meanwhile, the Bruce Highway is closed in both directions after a serious accident near Pomona.

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[6.30 pm:]  AT 6:25 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the area southeast of Gympie.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the north.

Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect the area northeast of Gympie and Goomboorian by 6:55 pm and Tin Can Bay and Inskip by 7:25 pm.

Other severe thunderstorms were located near the area south of Gympie. They are forecast to affect Gympie and the area east of Nanango by 6:55 pm and Borumba Dam and the area north of Gympie by 7:25 pm.  

 

Hail at Black Mountain Cooroy. Photo by Jodie Crawford.
Hail at Black Mountain Cooroy. Photo by Jodie Crawford.

 

A 115km/h wind gust was recorded at Kingaroy at 5:45pm.

Further west, wind gusts in Barcaldine, near Longreach, have blown over a truck.     

 

 

Golf ball size hail was observed at Kin Kin and Belli Park (southwest of Cooroy) between 4-4:30pm.  

2cm hail was observed at Kenilworth at 3:50pm.

 

Hail hits Kin Kin. From Facebook by Jeff Donaldson.
Hail hits Kin Kin. From Facebook by Jeff Donaldson.

 

 

[6:00pm:]  The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 5:55 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the area south of Kingaroy.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to northeast. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Kingaroy by 6:25 pm.

Other severe thunderstorms were located near the area west of Noosa Heads and the area northwest of Noosa Heads.  

They are forecast to affect Noosa Heads, waters off Noosa Heads and the area north of Noosa Heads by 6:25 pm and Yandina and waters off Sunshine Beach by 6:55 pm.  

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

A wind gust of 115 km/hr was recorded at Kingaroy at 5:47pm  

 

[4.45 PM:] At 4:45 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Toolara.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the north to northeast.

Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach, Wide Bay, Inskip and Inskip Point by 5:15 pm.

 

 

 

[3.55 pm:] AT 3:55 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Kin Kin and Cooroy.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the north.

Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect the area northwest of Noosa Heads and the area east of Gympie by 4:25 pm and Toolara and Tin Can Bay by 4:55 pm.

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

Emergency services are urging residents who are currently in and around parts of the Gympie and Sunshine Coast Council areas to take precautionary measures and prepare for the storms.   

Residents should bring loose outdoor items indoors and secure items, which can't be moved, such as swing sets and trampolines.  

Cars should be moved undercover and away from trees and when the storm approaches seek shelter indoors and never under trees.  

 

[3:45 pm ]: THE Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:45 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the area west of Noosa Heads.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast.

They are forecast to affect the area northwest of Noosa Heads and Kin Kin by 4:15 pm and the area north of Noosa Heads and Lake Cooloola by 4:45 pm.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

 

[3.00 pm:] A SEVERE storm is thundering towards the Coast with Eumundi, Mapleton and Noosa Heads to be hit in the next hour. 

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that at 3:00 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Kenilworth.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast.

They are forecast to affect the area northwest of Mapleton and the area southwest of Eumundi by 3:30 pm and possibly the area southwest of Noosa Heads by 4:00 pm.

 

 

[1.57 pm: ] THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Sunshine Coast, Somerset and Moreton Bay.   

At 1:55 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the ranges south of Jimna. These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast.

They are forecast to affect the area west of Conondale by 2:25 pm and Conondale by 2:55 pm.

 


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