Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for SE Qld

UPDATE: A SEVERE thunderstorm warning for damaging wind and large hail has been issued for South East Queensland.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:35 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the ranges between Gympie and Murgon. They are forecast to affect Kilkivan by 5:05 pm.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5:40 pm.


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The Gold Coast is currently being battered by the severe storm, with suburbs including Oxenford and Coomera losing power.

PHOTO: Danielle Swain (Upper Coomera)

PHOTO: Danielle Swain (Upper Coomera)

PHOTO: Fred Atallah

PHOTO: Fred Atallah

EARLIER: A SEVERE thunderstorm warning for damaging wind and large hail has been issued for people in the Scenic Rim and parts of the Ipswich, Southern Downs, Lockyer Valley and Gold Coast Council Areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:25 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Jimna, Lamington National Park and the area south of Canungra.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to northeast. They are forecast to affect Canungra and Jimboomba by 3:55 pm and Mount Tamborine, Tamborine, Coomera and Logan Village by 4:25 pm.

Damaging winds 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.
* 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 3:30 pm.

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EARLIER: A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for southeast Queensland.

The thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Stanthorpe, Boonah, Oakey and Inglewood.

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.

The next warning is due to be issued by 3:20 pm.

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