The “very dangerous” storm started on the Gold Coast and has moved its way up to the Sunshine Coast, smashing Brisbane on the way.
The storm is producing “giant hail” and has damaging winds.
It’s left cars on the Gold Coast under water because of flash flooding.
Rainfall of 120mm in a single hour has been observed. At one gauge on the Gold Coast there was 76mm in just 30 minutes.
More than 11,000 homes and businesses in Southport, Runaway Bay, Labrador and Biggera Waters and Paradise Point were without electricity at one point.
Power was quickly restored in most areas. As of 2pm Queensland time, 4900 premises, mostly in Southport and Paradise Point, remained without electricity.
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) December 13, 2019
The SES has received 46 requests for assistance.
On the Sunshine Coast, severe thunderstorms are forecast to affect the area south of Noosa Heads, the area southwest of Noosa Heads and Eumundi by 1.20pm and Noosa Heads, waters off Noosa Heads and Tewantin by 1.50pm.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Lauren Pattie told the Gold Coast Bulletin severe storms were likely to continue through the afternoon.
“Storms are starting to pick up a bit both in the interior and the southeast coast,” she said.
“We’re expecting more this afternoon.
“There is potential for some of the storms to be severe … potential for some large hail, damaging wind gusts and isolated heavy rainfall.”
Ms Pattie urged residents to keep an eye on the BOM warnings page for updates.
More storms are forecast for tomorrow and Sunday, but the brunt of the severe weather was expected to hit the city today.