SUPERCELL WARNING: Severe storm, giant hail to hit

A SUPERCELL is bearing down on the Sunshine Coast, bringing large hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding.

Noosa is in the immediate firing line, while a storm that descended on the Gold Coast has caused flash flooding leading to swift water rescues.

Areas of the Gympie region have been lashed by hail stones.

The Bureau of Meteorology's latest warning issued at 2:53pm states very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area northwest of Noosa Heads, the area north of Noosa Heads, the area southeast of Gympie, the area east of Gympie, the area northeast of Gympie and Pomona.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Goomboorian, Toolara Forest, Double Is Point, Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach and Wide Bay by 3:05 pm and Inskip and Inskip Point by 3:35 pm, these thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large, possibly giant hailstones.

Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Canungra, Mount Tamborine, Clifton, Russell Island and Macleay Island.

They are forecast to affect Cleveland, Tamborine, Jimboomba, Victoria Point, Dunwich and Peel Island by 3:05 pm and the area south of Toowoomba, Cambooya, Ormiston, Point Lookout, southern waters of Moreton Bay and Amity Point by 3:35 pm, these thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding for cells close to the Gold Coast.

The cell south of Toowoomba is likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones.

120mm was recorded at Biggera Creek Dam in 1hr

Hail of approximately 4-6cm was observed at Kandanga.

 

 

Earlier, the Bureau of Meteorology warned severe thunderstorms would hit the Coast and Gympie this afternoon.

Yesterday forecasters said the storm was a 70 per cent chance of striking the region.

BOM say suburbs in the red area on the map could see a supercell with giant hail (5cm).

 

Issued at 2:53 pm Friday, 13 December 2019.
Issued at 2:53 pm Friday, 13 December 2019.

 

 

EARLIER: The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 12:50 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Mapleton, Kenilworth and Southport.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the north to northeast.

They are forecast to affect the area south of Noosa Heads, the area southwest of Noosa Heads and Eumundi by 1:20 pm and Noosa Heads, waters off Noosa Heads and Tewantin by 1:50 pm.

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

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:


* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* 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.
 

Issued at 12:56 pm Friday, 13 December 2019.
Issued at 12:56 pm Friday, 13 December 2019.

The next warning is due to be issued by 2:00 pm.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast districts.

The Bureau of Meteorology is also warning severe thunderstorms will hit the Coast and Gympie this afternoon.

Yesterday forecasters said the storm was a 70 per cent chance of striking the region.

BOM say suburbs in the red area on the map could see a supercell with giant hail (5cm).


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