Severe storms: Widespread power outages, trains cancelled

>>Furious storm, hail closing in on Sunshine Coast

UPDATE 5.20PM: Hail and damaging wind gusts have been recorded across Brisbane as dangerous storms smash parts of the city.

Energex is reporting widespread power outages across southeast Queensland, with almost 27,000 customers affected, including 1476 in the Brisbane City area.

Authorities are reporting extensive traffic congestion across Brisbane, with most of the city's motorways experiencing delays.

TransLink has announced the Bowen Hills to Domestic Airport train, scheduled for 5.06pm, has been cancelled due to the severe weather.

Some parts of Brisbane have recorded in excess of 30mm.

At 5pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Beenleigh, Logan City, Highvale and the area northeast of Kingaroy.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to northeast.

They are forecast to affect Cleveland, Strathpine and Redcliffe by 5.35pm and Gympie by 6:05pm.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

At 4:45pm wind gusts of 76kmh were recorded at Amberley.

The wild storms are threatening hail and damaging wind gusts.
The wild storms are threatening hail and damaging wind gusts.

 

4.10PM: A series of dangerous thunderstorms are rolling towards Brisbane, threatening to deliver damaging winds and large hail.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued an updated severe storm warning at 4.20pm.

Severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Ipswich, the area southwest of Esk and the McPherson Range.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east.

They are forecast to affect Brisbane CBD, Coolangatta, Beaudesert, Beenleigh and Logan City by 4.55pm and Cleveland, Strathpine and Esk by 5.25pm.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

3.45PM: A band of dangerous storms are rolling across the Lockyer Valley and threatening to deliver damaging winds and large hail to Brisbane.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned that at 3.30pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Toowoomba, Jandowae and Mount Barney.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east.

They are forecast to affect Boonah and Gatton by 4.05pm and Ipswich, Beaudesert and Laidley by 4.35pm.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

UPDATE 2.30PM: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of southeast Queensland with the threat of large hail and damaging winds.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued the warning at 1.20pm.

Areas affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Roma, Stanthorpe and Tara.

"Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours," BOM warns.

 

INITIAL: SEVERE thunderstorms with potential hail are forecast for southeast Queensland today but the Bureau of Meteorology says its "not the kind of rain we want to see". 

As the fire danger rating in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt region today reaches severe, the BOM is warning of a surface trough over the southern interior that will move slowly east reaching southeast Queensland this afternoon. 

However, BOM forecaster Livio Regano said it will not offer any relief. 

"There's a broad range at the Carnarvon Range that will push through the Darling Downs to the south of Fraser Island," he said. 

"There could be severe storms with the potential for hail but they're fast moving and don't stick around long enough for significant rain.

"It won't offer any relief, storms are fast moving so they don't produce much rain … the lightning strikes in storms tend to start fires but in the Darling Downs there's little to low rain … its not the kind of rain we want to see." 

Mr Regano said there was a "very good chance" the southeast coast could see rain, however it would not reach everyone.

Brisbane today is forecast to receive up to 8mm of rain with 50 per cent possibility of rain, while the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast are forecast for up to 2mm with 50 per cent chance of rain. 

There is also a strong wind warning for the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast waters.


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