Severe thunderstorm warning issued for southeast Queensland

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

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:15 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the area east of Gympie.

People in Gympie and Noosa Council Areas are being urged to brace for heavy rain, damaging winds. Large hailstones are a possibility, with small hail considered likely.


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These thunderstorms are moving towards the north, forecast to affect Goomboorian, Toolara and possibly Tin Can Bay later this afternoon by 5:15 pm.

EARLIER: A SEVERE thunderstorm warning for damaging wind and large hail has been issued for southeast Queensland.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:55 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Borumba Dam.

People in Gympie, Somerset, Sunshine Coast and  Noosa Council Areas are being urged to brace for heavy rain.

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 3:50 pm.

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