UPDATE @ 3.15 PM | A severe thunderstorm warning has now been issued for parts of South East Queensland.
The Bureau of Meteorology said that, at 2:45 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area southwest of Caloundra, the area northwest of Kingaroy and Lake Somerset.
The thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Kilcoy, Caloundra and waters off Caloundra by 3:15 pm and Maroochydore, waters off Maroochydore and Wondai by 3:45 pm.
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Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.
A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts.
EARLIER @ 1.30 PM | 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, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.
The Bureau of Meteorology says severe thunderstorms are currently initiating across the southeastern interior.
These storms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Dalby, Kingaroy, Esk, Injune, Gayndah, Kilcoy, Nanango and Tara.
The weather bureau says it’s possible storms may develop across SE Qld this afternoon, however at this stage we’re in the clear.
“Severe storms likely again today, especially in the red area
#DarlingDowns #Toowoomba #Kingaroy but also a chance across #SEQld,” BOM said.
“Damaging winds, large hail, heavy rainfall all possible. Keep an eye out for warnings this afternoon.”
⚠️ Severe storms likely again today, especially in the red area #DarlingDowns #Toowoomba #Kingaroy but also a chance across #SEQld. Damaging winds, large hail, heavy rainfall all possible. Keep an eye out for warnings this afternoon at https://t.co/SE0BpeVFjG #qldstorm pic.twitter.com/mJVzjoDZNt
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) October 9, 2018
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.