A SEVERE thunderstorm warning for large hailstones and damaging winds has just been issued for Southeast Queensland.
The warning includes the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Coolangatta, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and islands, Kingaroy, Noosa, Maryborough, Caboolture and Carnarvon National Park.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:20 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area west of Noosa Heads, the area northwest of Noosa Heads, Cooroy and Pomona.
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These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast to southeast.
Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect the area north of Noosa Heads, Boreen Point, Lake Cootharaba, Kin Kin and Lake Cooloola by 2:50 pm.
Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Canungra, Lake Samsonvale, Kallangur, Narangba and Dayboro.
They are forecast to affect Strathpine, Redcliffe, Boondall, Sandgate, Brighton and Scarborough by 2:50 pm and Redbank Plains, Wacol, southern waters of Moreton Bay, Brisbane Airport, Mud Island and southern Moreton Island by 3:20 pm.
2-3cm hail has already been reported near Beaudesert, with 3-4cm hail reported at Kandanga.
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.