Coastal storm weakens as another brews out west
STORMS have weakened across the Sunshine Coast as more cells develop to the west.
The Bureau of Meteorology says severe thunderstorms have been detected on the radar northwest of Oakey.
These thunderstorms are moving towards the east and are forecast to affect Oakey, Jondaryan and the area west of Oakey by 7:35 pm and Toowoomba, the area northwest of Toowoomba and Highfields by 8:05 pm.
UPDATE 6.20pm: A SEVERE storm moving across the Sunshine Coast has now passed Caloundra and is headed for Maroochydore and Noosa.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the storm is expected to his Maroochydore, Nambour, Yandina and Coolum Beach by 6.45pm and Noosa Heads, the area southwest of Noosa Heads and waters off Noosa Heads by 7.15pm.
The Bureau warns the storm may result in large hail stones, heavy rain, and flash flooding.
The latest storm map released by the Bureau appears to suggest the storm's eastern edge has skimmed Caloundra with the more dangerous core on track to run over Maroochydore and Nambour before hitting Noosa.
UPDATE 5.55pm: THE "very dangerous" storm system has just passed over Caboolture and is now headed for Caloundra and Maroochydore, the Bureau of Meteorology radar reveals.
A second alert issued by the Bureau is warning of "destructive winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones over the next several hours" around Maroochydore, Noosa, Caboolture and Caloundra.
Samantha Humee of Wamuran, west of Caboolture, posted on the Daily's Facebook page saying hail had fallen.
"Can confirm worst 5 min storm iv ever seen lol so much rain," she posted.
Other intense storm systems have formed further south and are tearing across north east NSW and west of the the Gold Coast.
The next update is due shortly by 6.10pm.
UPDATE 5.15pm: A "VERY dangerous" thunderstorm is aimed right up the centre of the Sunshine Coast, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned.
In a new severe thunderstorm warning issued for the region, the Bureau says a storm system moving from north west of Brisbane towards Maroochydore would bring heavy rain and large hail stones.
It was expected Caboolture, Mount Mee, and Wamuran by 5:35pm and Landsborough, Crohamhurst, and Maleny by 6:05pm.
So far, the system had already caused roof damage and dropped 4-5cm hail on Fernvale.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services 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.
MORE storms are expected to hit the southeast corner of the state today following the storm that swept across the Sunshine Coast in the early hours of this morning.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting the chance of "gusty thunderstorms, possibly severe" across the south east corner today.
More severe storm activity expected for the southeast corner of the state today. Keep up to date with warnings at https://t.co/FBmpsInT9o— BOM Queensland (@BOM_Qld) October 26, 2015
Higgins Storm Chasing has taken a stronger line, warning more scattered thunderstorms and isolated super cells were expected to develop inland over the Darling Downs and spread toward the coast.
The storm chasers are warning the Sunshine Coast may face damaging winds, heavy rain, "large to very large" hail, and dangerous, frequent lightning.
"A Southerly wind change will produce a triple point wind convergence and greatly increase thunderstorm activity in it's vicinity along the coast (most likely Brisbane/Ipswich to the Sunshine Coast )," the storm chasers say on their Facebook page.
"Some of these thunderstorms could become dangerous!"
Since their initial posting, the people at Higgins have said high temperatures and rising humidity are increasing the chances of severe storms on the Sunshine Coast while a cool change to the south makes storms less likely through the Gold Coast and north east NSW.
Unfortunately, a run of storms is likely to make viewing of tonight's super moon, the last until November 2016, a bit tricky.
12:10pm radar picture pic.twitter.com/9jPkoiM3Om— SEQ Emergency Team (@uhfemergency) October 26, 2015
Last night's system dumped 20.4mm of rain at Beerburrum in one hour between 1-2am.
Maroochydore recorded 8mm or throughout the early hours.
Nambour received slightly more, 6.8mm and Tewantin recorded 6mm.
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