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SEVERE STORM ALERT: Major hail and damaging wind warning

Weather Bureau labels it very dangerous

SEVERE STORM ALERT: Major hail and damaging wind warning

UPDATE: Hail has been bucketing down across the Gold Coast Hinterland this afternoon after a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the South-East.

The storm was forecast to affect Tallebudgera and Mudgeeraba by 3:50pm on Saturday, and Miami by 4:20pm.

Very large hailstones and destructive winds are likely.


EARLIER: Large hail and damaging winds could smash the Gold Coast this afternoon, with a severe thunderstorm warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect the McPherson Range by 2:45 pm and Springbrook by 3:15 pm.

Very large hailstones and damaging winds 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.