DAMAGE DONE: The storm late New Year Eve afternoon caused a pocket of damage around Buderim-Mooloolaba Road and the Buderim Gardens Retirement Village. Wind gusts to 65 km/h were recorded at Sunshine Coast Airport.
DAMAGE DONE: The storm late New Year Eve afternoon caused a pocket of damage around Buderim-Mooloolaba Road and the Buderim Gardens Retirement Village. Wind gusts to 65 km/h were recorded at Sunshine Coast Airport.

Flash flooding, hail, destructive winds: Coast faces new storm threat

THE Bureau of Meteorology has warned the Sunshine Coast today faces an even greater threat from severe super storms with heavy rain, large hail and destructive winds than it did on New Year's Eve.

A slow-moving surface trough above the western Darling Downs combined with a series of upper level troughs were causing instability across the state's south east corner.

Falls of up to 40mm were recorded at Obi Lookout in the hinterland while closer to the coast Coolum with 25mm, Palmwoods with 27mm, and Noosa (16mm) all saw good rain while 19.4mm fell at the Sunshine Coast Airport in little over an hour. Falls were heavier to the north with Hervey Bay recording 55mm and Howard 57mm.

Winds at the Sunshine Coast Airport gusted to 65 km/h from the south at 4.53pm.

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SES acting Maroochydore commander Ray Trinder said a little pocket of homes and streets around Buderim Garden Village received a short sharp blast at around 4.30pm stripping trees of branches and bringing down others.

SES crews were being organised this morning to clear away debris.

Were you impacted by the New Year's Eve storm?

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Yes, heaps of damage near my place

73%

We got heaps of rain but no damage

13%

No, we missed out on it

12%

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Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Aditi Sharman said the BOM would provide updates through the day and urged people to check the rain radars if they heard approaching thunder.

"It's more unstable than yesterday," Ms Sharman said. "Severe thunder storms are likely."

A cloudy New Year's Day would hit a temperature maximum of 31 degrees today with heavy falls from severe thunder storms likely during the morning and afternoon.

Winds would be otherwise light.

Tuesday would again hit 31 with an 80 per cent chance of some rain potentially to 35mm from showers or late morning thunderstorms.

Wednesday would see the chance of rain ease to 60 per cent but still with the possibility ofan afternoon or evening thunder storm. Winds would be light before reaching 15-25km/h from the south east on a day where the temperature would reach a slightly cooler maximum of 30 degrees.

There's a medium chance of showers Thursday morning and afternoon with light winds increasing from the south east at 15-25km/h before dropping out later in the day.

This far out Friday appears headed for a cooler 28 degrees on a partly cloudy day with the chance of a shower and light winds increasing from the south east to15-25 km/h.



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