Jed Carey snapped this shot of 'snow' at Caloundra.
Jed Carey snapped this shot of 'snow' at Caloundra.

Mother Nature unleashes fury on helpless Coast

UPDATE: 4:30PM: Severe thunderstorms have taken its toll on the Sunshine Coast with monster hail creating havoc, with trees felled, mass power outages, cars and property destroyed. 

The latest Queensland Fire and Emergency Services report lightning strikes have ignited grass and tree fires in a number of suburbs. 

A QFES media spokeswoman said powerlines were down in Buderim, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Mountain Creek, Noosaville, Landsborough, Bells Creek and Marcus Beach, plunging the Coast into darkness.

She said SES crews were looking into a partial roof collapse at Palmview. 

Woolworths Currimundi also had water streaming through its roof. 

Massive hailstorms rained down on motorists unable to seek shelter on the Sunshine Motorway and Bruce Highway, smashing windscreens and adding to the mayhem. 

A 30-metre high Norfolk pine a Alexandra Headland was also a victim Mother Nature's fury. Another's roots were uprooted. 

UPDATE 3.30PM: Severe supercells have unleashed its fury on the Sunshine Coast with the latest victim being Currimundi Woolworths where the roof collapsed. 

Video footage from inside the store has shown the roof collapsed at about 2.30pm, with gallons of water streaming in. 

Matthew Perrin posted the video onto social media. 

UPDATE: 2:40PM: The Sunshine Coast is being blanketed with a severe thunderstorm that's sent "golf-cricket ball" sized hail raining down. 

Wurtulla resident Ashley Robinson said he'd never seen anything like it. 

Trees are also down on the Sunshine Motorway, while around 10,000 residents are without power,

"My car got hammered at Wurtulla, we got a battering," Mr Robinson said. 

A fallen tree has crushed a car at Buderim. Photo: Sally Waghorn.
A fallen tree has crushed a car at Buderim. Photo: Sally Waghorn.

"In terms of size, giant hail is anything bigger than five centimetres, so that is bigger than the size of a golf ball and just under the size of a tennis ball," meteorologist Rosa Hoff said.

"We've already had reports of cricket ball sized hail in the Glass House Mountains."

Trees are also down in Buderim, crushing cars while a 30-metre high Norflock Pine Tree has fallen at Alexandra Headland. 

UPDATE 1:40PM: Higgins Storm Chasing is reporting the "dangerous" supercell is currently over Beerwah and moving fast towards the southern parts of the Sunshine Coast. 

The experienced storm chasers say "giant" hail and destructive winds are likely. 

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts 15mm of rainfall. 

INITIAL: A SEVERE thunderstorm warning for large hail and damaging wind gusts has been issued for parts of the Sunshine Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology is closely monitoring the system, currently near Mt Mee, but heading east towards the region.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of the Sunshine Coast.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of the Sunshine Coast.

Forecaster Jess Gardner said the system was due to hit Woodford about 1.10pm, Bribie Island, Caboolture and Beerburrum around 1.40pm.

The cell is predicted to remain south of Caloundra but the region should still be hit with rainfall.

"It's caused by a combination of moisture in the air and humidity," Ms Gardner said.

"There's also an upper lever trough that's pushing through adding instability."

Yesterdsay the region was savaged by severe thunderstorms which brought pea-sized hailstones.

A strong wind warning is in place for boating, fishing and swimming.



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