A truck crashed on the Bruce Highway earlier this evening.
A truck crashed on the Bruce Highway earlier this evening.

STORM WARNING: Rain causing chaos on Coast roads

UPDATE 5.45PM: The heavy rain that drenched the Sunshine Coast has caused several crashes on our roads.

The Bruce Highway is congested after a two-vehicle crash at Sippy Downs south of the southbound ramp from the Sunshine Motorway to the Bruce Highway. It's believed a single vehicle is in the median strip.

That incident follows an earlier truck crash on the Bruce Highway at the Pignata Road off ramp.

Another truck crash also occurred on Mckinnon and Louis Bazzo Drive at Cootharaba at approximately 4.30pm.

Motorists are being urged to drive with caution in the wet conditions.


UPDATE 4.30PM: Heavy hail is falling across parts of the Sunshine Coast and severe thunderstorms sweep the region.

Hail has been reported in the Noosa hinterland at Pomona and Boreen Point about 4.30pm.

Heavy rain is causing chaos on the Bruce Highway with reports of heavy congestion near Palmview after a truck crash on the off ramp southbound at Pignata Road.

Paramedics have also been called to a second truck crash on Mckinnon and Louis Bazzo Drive at Cootharaba.

Both truck drivers are uninjured.

Motorists are being urged to expect delays, exercise caution and postpone non-essential travel.

A severe thunderstorm warning remains active for parts of the Sunshine Coast with the worst of the storm activity expected over the next 15 minutes.

Paramedics were called to an address in Pinbarren after a 15-year-old girl was reportedly in close proximity to a lightning strike.

They were called to the scene at 3.54pm, however the teenager was not required to be transported to hospital.


4PM: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for parts of the Sunshine Coast.

BOM is warning of damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

At 3.55 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area west of Noosa Heads and Pomona.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east.

They are forecast to affect Noosa Heads, the area northwest of Noosa Heads and the area north of Noosa Heads by 4.25 pm.

Storm cells are active across the Sunshine Coast including at Caloundra and Maroochydore.

Police are urging motorists on the Sunshine Coast to drive to conditions with expected widespread localised heavy rainfall and thunderstorms forecast within the next 48 hours.

Police would like to urge motorists to avoid non-essential travel where possible.

If you must travel on the road, exercise extreme caution and do not cross flooded causeways or roadways.

Remember - if it's flooded, forget it!

Many roads suffer from large volumes of surface water which, along with adverse weather conditions, can make travel extremely hazardous.

Members of the public should be mindful that road conditions will change as creeks and water courses can rise and fall quickly.

8AM: Potentially severe storms are expected to hit the Sunshine Coast today with authorities warning of hail and damaging wind.

A low pressure trough hovering over the eastern Darling Downs combined with high humidity and warm temperatures has created unstable conditions that Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Vinord Anand said could lead to thunderstorms. 

"There's a chance some of those storms could be severe, given the setup" he said. 

"There's the possibility of damaging wind gusts and a chance of hail as well."

While storms are already forming to the west Mr Anand said those storms would likely weaken to showers before reaching the Sunshine Coast this morning. 

The chance of severe storms reaching the coast, he said, would come this afternoon. 

The Wide Bay and Burnett are expected to be hardest hit, but Mr Anand said the potential for damaging storms on the Sunshine Coast could not be ruled out. 

The forecast is for a cloudy day with an 80% chance of showers dropping up to 15mm of rain, and a maximum temperature of 27 degrees. 

Mr Anand said a south-easterly change coming through on Wednesday would bring temperatures about two degrees below the November average, but clear and sunny skies through to Friday. 


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