A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has just been issued for people in parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa and Warrego and Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Emerald, Blackwater, Taroom, Rolleston, Springsure, Injune, Capella and Carnarvon National Park.
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The weather bureau says that if severe thunderstorms begin to develop in the Southeast Queensland area, a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* 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.