Giant hail and destructive winds predicted as storms sweep region

October 27, 2022 5:07 pm in by

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for destructive winds and giant hailstones has been issued for people in parts of Gympie, Somerset, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Noosa Council Areas.

Cyclic supercell remains over the southern border ranges.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 5:00 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Coolangatta and Tallebudgera. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect waters off Tweed Heads by 5:15 pm.

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Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Borumba Dam and the Amamoor Range northwest of Kenilworth. They are forecast to affect Kenilworth and Imbil by 5:15 pm and the area southwest of Noosa Heads, Eumundi and Cooroy by 5:30 pm.

Damaging, locally destructive winds and large, possibly giant 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.
    * 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 5:30 pm.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts.

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