Bureau of Meteorology forecast puts parts of south-east Queensland on notice for storm activity

UPDATE: 6.40pm

THE Scenic Rim is in the firing line of a severe thunderstorm, according to the latest update from the Bureau of Meteorology.

The Bureau of Meteorology has released an updated severe storm warning.

The Bureau of Meteorology has released an updated severe storm warning.

Severe thunderstorms were detected near the McPhearson Range and south of Canungra moving in a north-easterly direction at 6.25pm.

The storms are predicted to affect Little Nerang Dam, Tallebudgera and Mudgeeraba by 6:55 pm and Coolangatta, Miami and Southport in the Gold Coast by 7:25 pm.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns large hailstones and damaging winds are possible.

The next warning is expected to be released at 7.30pm.

UPDATE: 3.45pm

THE Bureau of Meteorology has released a severe thunderstorm warning for Jimboomba, Beaudesert and Mount Tamborine. 

WARNING: The Bureau of Meteorology released a storm warning at 3.30pm. Photo: Bureau of Meteorology

WARNING: The Bureau of Meteorology released a storm warning at 3.30pm. Photo: Bureau of Meteorology

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have warned people living in these areas to move cars undercover, secure outdoor items, seek indoor shelter and beware fallen trees or power lines.

The warning was issued at 3.30pm with the next update expected at 6.30pm.

Other areas on notice include Gympie, Ipswich, Gatton, Cherbourg, Gin Gin, Kilcoy, Laidley, Lowood and Nanango.

People living in these areas are warned to be prepared for hailstones and damaging winds over the next several hours.

For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500. 

EARLIER:

PARTS of south-east Queensland could be in for large hail, damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall tonight.

SEVERE: Parts of south-east Queensland can expect storm activity late this afternoon. Photo: Louisa Angel

SEVERE: Parts of south-east Queensland can expect storm activity late this afternoon. Photo: Louisa Angel

Meteorologist Lauren Pattie from the Bureau of Meteorology said developing storm activity in the Darling Downs region was expected to track towards the south-east coast, with isolated severe storms expected to strike.

“Severe storms are expected so it is important to keep an eye on the radar and (Bureau of Meteorology) web page,” she said.

“Some of them will be standard thunderstorms, but there will be potential for large hail, damaging wind gusts and rainfall.

“We have already had storms over the past week every day. A lot of places in the south-east have already had decent rainfall.”

Ms Pattie said a southerly change was forecast to shift storm activity north-west on Thursday afternoon, putting an end to the trend of daily storm activity in the south-east this week.

“Down in the south-east it will be showery with lots of cloud cover and a really large drop in temperatures. Today, temperatures are in the low 30s and should drop to to 20 degrees behind that (southerly) change,” she said.

“If there is a storm tomorrow it will be in the early hours of the morning.”

Light showers and rainfall are predicted to continue from Thursday, October 11, extending into the weekend.

The Scenic Rim region was struck by hail storms two weeks ago with suburbs including Mount Barney, Mundoolun, Laravale, Kooralbyn, Beaudesert, Canungra and Mount Tamborine affected. 

HAIL: A Mundoolun property was struck by hail last month. Photo: Charmain Price-Askew

HAIL: A Mundoolun property was struck by hail last month. Photo: Charmain Price-Askew

Queensland peak motoring body, RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said recent survey data revealed only a quarter of motorists said they would take action to protect their property when hail was predicted.

“Unfortunately, only 26 per cent of Queenslanders said they would move their car and outdoor items undercover if a hail storm was coming. That’s pretty shocking considering this is exactly what everyone should be doing in the lead up to a severe storm,” Ms Clinton said.

“If you can, move your car into a garage or undercover but never park under a tree. Bring breakable outdoor items like glass tables undercover as well as any loose items which could be blown around in the storm.”

RACQ has received more than 1500 hail damage claims worth more than $8.5 million in 2018 up to October.

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