The Bureau of Meteorology has issued its first severe storm warning for the Gold Coast for the afternoon.
A large band of storms has formed west of the ranges, stretching from Dalby all the way to northern New South Wales.
The BOM is warning that the Gold Coast, as far as Coolangatta could be impacted over the next several hours.
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Those storms could produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, as well as large hailstones and damaging winds.
Other areas in the warning area include Warwick, Toowoomba, Maroochydore, Ipswich, Stanthorpe, Caboolture and Jimboomba.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.