Critical Alert

VIDEO: storm smashes Southern Downs, heads northeast

Janet Platz

7PM

VERY dangerous thunderstorms are headed for Dalby tonight, warns the Bureau of Meteorology.

The storms were detected on weather radar near Tipton and the area west of Toowoomba and are moving north.

Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect the area southeast of Dalby, Bowenville and the area northwest of Oakey by 7:35 pm and the area east of Dalby, the area northeast of Dalby and Bell by 8:05 pm.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts.

6PM

STORMS are looming for parts of the Ipswich, Logan, Scenic Rim, Southern Downs and Toowoomba Council Areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the area north of Inglewood, the area between Inglewood and Millmerran and the area south of Cunninghams Gap.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast. They are forecast to affect Moogerah Dam, Aratula and Millmerran by 6:20 pm and Boonah, Kincora and Pittsworth by 6:50 pm.

5PM : A HAILSTORM has ripped through Stanthorpe and is swiftly making its way to Warwick.

The storm lasted close to 30 minutes with dark clouds engulfing the region, before heavy rain and eventually hail slammed the region.

There have been early reports that a roof has come off a house on Rogers Rd, Applethorpe, and also that a tree has fallen onto a house on Britannia Street, Stanthorpe.

There were also reports of power outages with coming down power lines down near Happy Valley Retreat.

At 4:45pm, the Bureau of Meteorology warned that severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the NSW border and the area south of the NSW border and are moving north east.

They are forecast to affect the area southeast of Warwick, the area east of Warwick and Murray Bridge by 5:20 pm and the area northeast of Warwick, Oakington and Maryvale by 5:50 pm.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts.

Severe thunderstorm moving north from Stanthorpe, bringing hail and strong winds.
Severe thunderstorm moving north from Stanthorpe, bringing hail and strong winds.

UPDATE: A home has reportedly lost a roof during a severe storm in Applethorpe.

It's not known if anybody was in the home at the time.

There are widespread reports of water over the road north of Stanthorpe, after the storm dumped 40mm of rain in just 15 minutes.

Widespread hail has also been reported.

A severe thunderstorm is in place for the area between Warwick and Stanthorpe.

4PM: STANTHORPE has been hammered by a hail storms and Warwick residents are being warned they're next.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Southern Downs, with storms forecast to hit the Rose City by 4.30pm.

The Bureau of Meteorology is warning large hailstones and damaging winds are likely.

Residents are advised to move their cars undercover, seek shelter, secure loose items and beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

Topics:  severe thunderstorm warning, stanthorpe, stormseason, warwick



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