Severe storms bringing heavy rainfall to Sunshine Coast
SEVERAL storm cells are bringing destructive winds and heavy rainfall to south-east Queensland this evening, including the Sunshine Coast.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 10:55 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Kingaroy, the area west of Kingaroy, Tangalooma and Woodford.
These thunderstorms are moving towards the east.
They are forecast to affect the area southwest of Caloundra, Jimna and Elgin Vale by 11:25 pm and Caloundra, the area south of Gympie and the ranges between Gympie and Murgon by 11:55 pm.
Damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.
A 92 km/h wind gust was recorded at Amberley Airport at 7:45pm.
An 87 km/h wind gust was recorded at Gold Coast Seaway at 8:30pm.
A 79 km/h wind gust was recorded at Inner Beacon (Moreton Bay) at 8:55pm.
Emergency Management Queensland 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.
The next warning is due to be issued by 9:40 pm.
A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Southeast Coast and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.