Trees down, power out as severe storm lashes Coast

Trees down, power out as severe storm lashes Coast
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UPDATE: 7PM: Power outages have been reported across the Coast as a severe thunderstorm continues to lash the region.

Branches were brought down and homes affected as the storm brought heavy rain and damaging wind, hitting the southern end of the Coast about 6pm.

Branches were brought down across a residential street in Pelican Waters as a severe storm lashed the region.

As of 6.15pm power outages had affected at least 350 properties across Pelican Waters, Bells Creek, Corbould Park, Glass House Mountains, Meridan Plains and Beerburrum.

The weather bureau warned that, at 6.30pm, severe thunderstorms were also detected on the radar near Maroochydore and Kenilworth.

A severe storm which hit the Coast around 6pm left a path of fallen trees and destruction in its wake.

A severe storm which hit the Coast around 6pm left a path of fallen trees and destruction in its wake.

The thunderstorms were moving towards the northeast, and were forecast to affect waters off Maroochydore by 7pm, and make their way towards Pomona by 7:30pm.

The weather bureau warned damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that could lead to flash flooding were likely.

 

UPDATE: 3.30PM: Sunshine Coast residents have been warned to prepare for severe weather as thunderstorms bear down on the southern end of the region.

The weather bureau issued a severe weather warning shortly after 3pm advising that storms moving north towards the Coast were expected to impact the Bribie Island area shortly after 4pm.

 

Rain beats down at Pelican Waters after the weather bureau issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the region on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Maddie Manwaring

Rain beats down at Pelican Waters after the weather bureau issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the region on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Maddie Manwaring

“Damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely,” the warning read.

The warning was issued for people in Redland City and parts of Ipswich, Logan, Scenic Rim, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay Council areas.

The bureau’s warning area extends as far north as Caloundra.

 

EARLIER: Sunshine Coast residents have been urged to keep an eye on the radar this weekend as powerful thunderstorms are predicted to lash the region.

Weather bureau meteorologist Matt Marshall said there was a chance severe thunderstorms could hit the region from late Saturday afternoon.

“There are still definitely storms on the cards for this afternoon on the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Marshall said.

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He said residents should be prepared for the chance of large hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall.

“We would urge people to keep one eye on the radar and the warnings page, as we will be issuing warnings throughout the day as needed.”

He said the storms were likely to develop over the Gold Coast hinterland, Brisbane and Ipswich before moving north to the Coast, bringing a reprieve from the heat.

Afternoon thunderstorms are predicted to roll over the region on Saturday and Sunday. Picture: Lachie Millard

Afternoon thunderstorms are predicted to roll over the region on Saturday and Sunday. Picture: Lachie Millard

Mr Marshall said all of Sunshine Coast, from the south to Noosa, should be prepared for the chance of an afternoon storm on Saturday.

“It’s quite warm today but the Coast will see a reprieve from the heat,” he said.

“There is a nice, cool change on the way later today, and it will be a bit of a cooler day tomorrow and on Monday.”

With a 50 per cent chance of rainfall, the Sunshine Coast was expected to have up to 6mm of rainfall on Saturday with temperatures reaching 33C.

Possible thunderstorms were predicted to hit the Coast again on Sunday afternoon, as the temperature dropped to 27C, before climbing back to 29C on Monday.

 

Weekend temperatures

Caboolture – Saturday 35C, Sunday 28C

Caloundra – Saturday 33C, Sunday 27C

Nambour – Saturday 34C, Sunday 26C

Maleny – Saturday 33C, Sunday 24C

Maroochydore – Saturday 33C, Sunday 27C

Noosa Heads – Saturday 33C, Sunday 27C





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