The Bureau of Meteorology has downgraded its severe thunderstorm warning for the Sunshine Coast to
The Bureau of Meteorology has downgraded its severe thunderstorm warning for the Sunshine Coast to "general". Photo: Stuart Cumming.

Sunshine Coast's severe storm warning downgraded

UPDATE: 4PM:  The Bureau of Meteorology has downgraded its severe thunderstorm warning for the Sunshine Coast to "general". 

EARLIER 2.15PM: The Bureau of Meteorology has upgraded its severe thunderstorm warning for the Sunshine Coast to now include "locally destructive winds", heavy rainfall and giant hailstones.

A tweet by the bureau said it predicted the storm would become "very dangerous" and had the potential to produce winds of 125km/h and cause flash flooding.

The warning comes with an immediate threat for Maroochydore, Caloundra and Caboolture.

As of 2.10 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar.
As of 2.10 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar.

 

UPDATE 2PM: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of the Sunshine Coast and Gympie as the region prepares for a second round of wild weather.

The weather bureau has reported severe thunderstorms were detected on the radar near the area south of Toowoomba and the area northeast of Kingaroy, Blackbutt, Yarraman, Murgon, Cherbourg and Toogoolawah.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast and are forecast to affect Laidley, Gatton, Jimna, Mount Mee, Wamuran and Woodford by 2.20 pm.

The weather bureau has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of the Sunshine Coast.
The weather bureau has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of the Sunshine Coast.

Residents have been warned to prepare their homes.

EARLIER: 

The threat of severe thunderstorms isn't over yet for the Coast after Tuesday's wet weather caused havoc across the southeast, with the potential for hail and damaging winds.

Weather bureau forecaster Pieter Claassen said residents should expect a "carbon copy" of Tuesday's drenching. 

He said showers and thunderstorms were likely across the region, with the potential of the wet weather becoming severe in the afternoon.

Peak hour washout: Intense rain drenches Coast

"(That includes) heavy rainfall, potentially hail and damaging winds with a few of the more isolated storms," he said.

Anywhere between 15-40mm of rainfall is expected to soak the Coast on Wednesday, with a chance of higher totals if storms roll across the region.

Heavy rain on the Sunshine Coast: Heavy rain pelts down on the Sunshine Coast
Heavy rain on the Sunshine Coast: Heavy rain pelts down on the Sunshine Coast

Tuesday's wild weather caused destruction across the southeast, with reports of flooded streets and train tracks, collapsed roofs and thousands without power.

TransLink suspended its Sunshine Coast train services between Eudlo and Mooloolah in the afternoon after rain flooded the tracks, and the RACQ urged motorists to drive safely and residents to tie down loose objects.

Mr Claassen said the highest rainfall totals were recorded south of the Coast, with the Caboolture region experiencing more than 100mm. 

He said broadly the region saw about 30mm of rain.

WHERE THE RAIN FELL AS OF 9AM: 

Mooloolah Station: 

Bald Knob: 14mm

Diamond Valley: 20mm 

Landsborough: 10mm 

Palmview: 10mm 

Sippy Downs: 15mm

Tanawha: 20mm

Mountain Creek: 25mm

Pelican Waters: 27mm 

Beerwah: 29mm 

Glasshouse Mountains: 29mm 

Maroochy Station: 

Eumundi: 27mm

Yandina: 27mm

Yandina Creek: 40mm

Upper Doonan: 32mm

Coolum West: 33mm

Coolum: 40mm 

Nambour: 50mm 

Palmwoods: 27mm 

Diddillibah: 54mm

Bli Bli: 60mm 

Eudlo: 41mm

Maroochydore Depot: 35mm

Sunshine Coast Airport: 35mm

Noosa Station: 

Kin Kin: 17mm 

Boreen Point: 23mm

Lake Cooroibah: 18mm 

Mount Tinbeerwah: 30mm 

Tewantin: 37mm 

Double Island Point: 67mm 

Mary Station: 

Maleny: 17mm 

Kenilworth: 32mm 

Pomona: 31mm