Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Southeast Coast Forecast District.

Issued at 5:54 pm Saturday, 18 May 2024.

Isolated severe thunderstorms are developing about the southeast this evening.

Weather Situation: Isolated severe thunderstorms are developing about the Southeast Coast underneath an upper low this evening. Storms are tracking east to northeast and may persist for the next few hours.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Coolangatta, Beenleigh, Beaudesert, Jimboomba and Mount Tamborine.

Emergency services advise people to:
* Park your car undercover away from trees.
* Close doors and windows.
* Keep asthma medications close by. Storms and wind can trigger asthma attacks.
* Charge mobile phones and power banks in case the power goes out.
* Put your pets somewhere safe and make sure they can be identified in case they get lost.
* Do not drive now unless you have to because conditions are dangerous.
* Tell friends, family and neighbours in the area.
* Go inside a strong building now. Stay inside until the storm has passed.