Severe thunderstorm warning issued for SE Qld

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for people in parts of the Somerset, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay Council Areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:05 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the area northwest of Esk.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east. They are forecast to affect Esk, northern Lake Wivenhoe and Toogoolawah by 3:35 pm and the area west of Kilcoy, Somerset Dam and Lake Somerset by 4:05 pm.


Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding 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.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* 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 4:00 pm.

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