UPDATE 3:40PM | A THUNDERSTORM which lashed parts of Brisbane with large hailstones (see footage below), destructive winds and flooding rain has been downgraded from “Very Dangerous” to “Severe”.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:25pm, thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Strathpine and Kallangur.
These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Redcliffe, Scarborough and central Moreton Bay waters off Redcliffe by 3:55pm and northern Moreton Bay and Deception Bay waters by 4:25pm.
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The weather bureau warns damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are still likely.
More than 5000 homes have lost power in Ipswich where 55m of rain fell in 30 minutes to 3:10pm.
A further 1400 customers are without power in Brisbane.
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UPDATE 2:40PM | A VERY dangerous thunderstorm is approaching the Brisbane CBD.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:35pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Redbank Plains.
These thunderstorms are moving towards the north and are forecast to affect Wacol, Upper Brookfield and Enoggera Reservoir by 3:05pm and Brisbane CBD, Highvale and Samford by 3:35pm.
Destructive winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.
Dangerous rain rates have been observed near Ipswich, with 52mm falling in just 30 minutes at One Mile, and large hail has been reported in the suburb of Bellbowrie.
The storm has cut power to more than 1300 homes and business in Ipswich.
EARLIER: A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for people in parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast forecast districts.
The weather bureau warns severe storms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.
At this stage, locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Stanthorpe, Oakey, Pittsworth and Jondaryan.
The weather bureau says there is a chance that a gusty, possibly severe, thunderstorm may make its way towards the Gold Coast this afternoon.
The bureau is monitoring the situation closely and will issue further warnings if necessary.
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.