Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Qld

UPDATE @ 1.30 PM | An updated severe thunderstorm warning has just been issued by the weather bureau.

The severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Gympie, Kingaroy, Noosa Heads, Biloela, Blackwater, Cooroy, Kilcoy, Nanango and Rainbow Beach.


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A more detailed severe thunderstorm warning has also been issued for people in parts of the South Burnett Council Area.

“At 12:20 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the ranges north of Jandowae. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east,” BOM warned.

“Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.”

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.

EARLIER @ 12.30 PM | The first severe thunderstorm warning for the day has been issued by the weather bureau for people in parts of Wide Bay, Burnett, Darling Downs, Granite Belt and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Gympie, Kingaroy, Cooroy, Imbil, Kilcoy and Nanango.

The Gold Coast and Brisbane haven’t been included in the warning, however the Bureau says there is the chance of a thunderstorm rolling in later this afternoon.

“If severe thunderstorms develop in the Southeast Queensland area, a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued to people in this area,” BOM said.

For life threatening emergencies phone Triple Zero000

Phone 132 500 for SES Storm and Flood Emergency assistance. Queensland Health 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84). Queensland Traffic and Travel information 13 19 40.

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