Parts of SE Qld warned to brace for destructive winds, golf ball-sized hail

UPDATE @ 1.15 PM | TENNIS ball sized hail, measuring about 7cm, has been reported at Kumbia in Queensland’s South Burnett Region.

The southeast is currently being lashed by heavy rain and destructive winds with the Bureau of Meteorology updating its severe thunderstorm warning for people in parts of the Gympie, Somerset, Western Downs and South Burnett Council Areas a short time ago.

They say “very dangerous” thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area northeast of Kingaroy, the area north of Nanango and the area between Nanango and Goomeri at 1pm.


The thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect the ranges between Gympie and Murgon, Elgin Vale, the area northwest of Jimna and the area east of Murgon by 1:30 pm and Gympie, the area southwest of Gympie, the area south of Gympie and the area northwest of Gympie by 2:00 pm.

“Very large hail is expected within the core of these cells,” the weather bureau warned.

At midday today, people in Kumbia copped 7cm hail.

Residents are being urged to move their cars under cover or away from trees and to secure loose outdoor items.

EARLIER @ 12.25 PM | A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has just been issued for people in Cherbourg and parts of the Gympie and South Burnett Council Areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology said that at 12:15 pm, “very dangerous thunderstorms” were detected on the weather radar to the southwest of Kingaroy.

It’s understood the thunderstorm is moving towards the northeast and is forecast to affect Kingaroy by 12:45pm and the area northeast of Kingaroy, Murgon and Cherbourg by 1:15 pm.

The weather bureau warns that very large hail (larger than golf balls) is likely within the core of this thunderstorm.

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.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts.