Severe thunderstorms are expected in Brisbane this afternoon. Photo: Josh Whiting Photos
Severe thunderstorms are expected in Brisbane this afternoon. Photo: Josh Whiting Photos

Hervey Bay to Brisbane: Storms, supercell, giant hail

FLASH flooding has hit parts of the Gold Coast as a slow-moving, very dangerous thunderstorm dumps torrential rain across the parched city.

Storms have also lashed Noosa and hail has pelted parts of Gympie.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the southeast should brace for further supercell storm activity with a general storm warning for the area between Hervey Bay and Brisbane still active. 

More than 11,000 homes and businesses in Southport, Runaway Bay, Labrador, Surfers Paradise and Biggera Waters lost power as a result of this afternoon's storm, which hit about lunchtime.

Cars have been submerged in water on Enterprise Street at Molendinar on the Gold Coast, with more rain on the way.

The SES performed a swift water rescue to remove a person from their vehicle at traffic lights on Queen St at 1.10pm.

It was one of 46 requests for assistance received by the SES in suburbs including Southport, Ashmore and Arundel.

Earlier, the Bureau of Meteorology issued a storm forecast for Friday, saying severe thunderstorms are likely in a region stretching from Brisbane to Hervey Bay.

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

The storm delivered more rain in a few hours than Brisbane had received in the previous six months, but did little to increase water levels in the region's dams.

The Bureau says it will issue alerts and warnings as needed as the day progresses.


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