UPDATE: A warning for the Gold Coast region, large hail and severe winds expected Thursday afternoon at around 4pm.
The Bureau of Meteorology urges everyone in the area to be prepared.
EARLIER: The severe thunderstorm warning has now been extended to the Gold Coast.
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Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Kingaroy and Stanthorpe.
Severe thunderstorms are expected to sweep through south-east Queensland this afternoon, the Bureau of Meteorology says.
Senior forecaster Brett Harrison told the ABC thunderstorms could roll in from the west later today.
“[Storms] could develop as early as late morning over some of the higher ground areas to the west of Brisbane, and [we’re] looking at those storms pushing all the way through towards coastal areas during the middle part of the afternoon,” he said.
“We expect them to be moving through pretty quickly.
“The most likely feature for the severity part of the storm will be damaging wind gusts.
“Any of the thunderstorms, if they do develop today, could develop those wind gusts at least above 90 kilometres per hour, which is our criteria for severe thunderstorms.
“There’s a good chance that we will see wind gusts about 100 kilometres per hour with those thunderstorms when they are at their peak as they’re moving their way from the west towards the east.”