Severe thunderstorm warning issued for South East Qld

UPDATE @ 7.45pm: A severe thunderstorm warning remains current for people in the Cherbourg, Ipswich, Logan, Redland City, Brisbane City and parts of Gympie, Somerset, Scenic Rim, South Burnett, Lockyer Valley, Gold Coast and Moreton Bay Council Areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology said that at 7:25 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Beenleigh, Logan City and the area northeast of Kingaroy.

The thunderstorms are moving towards the north to northeast.


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They are forecast to affect Brisbane CBD, Ipswich, Laidley and Cleveland by 7:55 pm and Strathpine, Gympie and the area northwest of Gympie by 8:25 pm.

Damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.

The next warning is due to be issued by 8:25 pm.

EARLIER @ 6.45pm: A SEVERE thunderstorm warning for damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones has just been issued for South East Queensland, including the Gold Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology said that at 6:50 pm, thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Boonah and the area northeast of Kingaroy.

The thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast.

They are forecast to affect Beaudesert, the area between Boonah and Beaudesert and Borumba Dam by 7:20 pm and the area southwest of Gympie, the area south of Gympie and the ranges between Gympie and Murgon by 7:50 pm.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

Golfball size hail and a 113km/h wind gust was reported at Oakey around 5pm this afternoon, while 2cm hail and winds up to 100km/h were reported south of Rathdowney at 6:10pm.

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.

The next warning is due to be issued by 7:45 pm.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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