A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of Queensland, including the southeast.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that a warm and humid airmass together with strong winds associated with an upper trough are generating severe thunderstorms this morning and into this afternoon.
There is a chance they could bring destructive winds, large, possibly giant hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Capricornia and Wide Bay and Burnett districts.
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Golf-ball sized hail has already been reported at Mt Larcom this morning.
Severe thunderstorms producing damaging winds and heavy rainfall could also impact parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Oakey, Inglewood, Clifton and Pittsworth.
At 10:50 am, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Leyburn, Kincora and the area west of Toowoomba. These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast.
They are forecast to affect Pittsworth, Ellangowan and Felton by 11:20 am and the area northwest of Warwick, the area southwest of Toowoomba and Allora by 11:50 am.
51mm was recorded in 30 minutes at Centenary Bridge.
The Gold Coast is not included in the current warning but the Bureau has warned there is the possibility of thunderstorms developing across the city later today.
🌩️QLD Thunderstorm Forecast Mon 18th Oct: Severe storms over eastern Queensland today south of #Townsville, particularly over central Queensland. Damaging winds, large hail, heavy rainfall. Keep up to date with radar https://t.co/YNUE7pqjvn
and warnings https://t.co/FBmpsInT9o pic.twitter.com/KSrVxkY3M9
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) October 18, 2021