1:13PM: A SEVERE Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for people in parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, and Southeast Coast forecast districts.
The Bureau warns that severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.
Further south over the eastern Darling Downs and western Southeast Coast district, slow moving storms may produce large amounts of small hail, which may lead to drainage problems and dangerous road conditions.
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At this stage, the Gold Coast has not been included in the official warning but could be added later this afternoon.
NOTE: If severe thunderstorms develop in the Southeast Queensland area (east of Dalby from Rainbow Beach to Stanthorpe), a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued to people in this area.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people in the warning area should:
- Move your car under cover.
- 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: GOLD Coasters are being urged to keep an eye on the sky this afternoon as thunderstorms and hail showers kick up out west.
As the dark clouds start to build over parts of the coast, heavy hail showers are already falling around 140km’s to the west and northwest of the city.
Parts of Toowoomba have been left blanketed in copious amounts of snow-like hail, as seen in this image uploaded to Higgins Storm Chasing on Facebook.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast scattered showers and thunderstorms to develop throughout the remainder of the day.
They are likely to be slow moving and may contain small hail.
Strong winds are also expected to develop late in the day off the southeast Queensland coast, with a powerful southeasterly swell continuing to push into southern Queensland waters.
NOTE: Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will only be issued if storms are expected to produce damaging wind gusts (90 km/h or more), large hail (2cm diameter or more), very heavy rainfall (conducive to flash flooding) and/or tornadoes.
All thunderstorms generally produce lightning, and many produce gusty winds, brief heavy showers and hail.