UPDATE @ 2.30 PM | The Bureau of Meteorology has just updated its severe thunderstorm warning for South East Queensland, with Jimboomba and Mount Tamborine now in the firing line.
The weather bureau says the severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Toowoomba, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Stanthorpe, Kingaroy, Ipswich, Jimboomba and Mount Tamborine.
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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.
EARLIER @ 12.00 PM | A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has just been issued for people in parts of South East Queensland
The Bureau of Meteorology said that at 11:55 am, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar southwest of Toogoolawah.
“These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast. They are forecast to affect Toogoolawah by 12:25 pm and Kilcoy, the area west of Kilcoy and Mount Kilcoy by 12:55 pm” the weather bureau said.
Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.
A thunderstorm warning is also current for the Southeast Coast and parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.
Locations which may be affected include Stanthorpe, Ipswich, Gatton, Beaudesert, Jimboomba, Kilcoy, Laidley, Lowood and Nambour.