STORM HITS: Wind gust of 74km/h recorded at Wellcamp Airport

UPDATE: STORMS have hit Toowoomba with the system bringing strong gusty winds but little rain. 

Forecaster Michelle Berry said the system which led the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a severe storm warning earlier this evening was presently making its way over the Garden City and towards the Lockyer Valley. 

She said the storm was fact moving and as such most rain gauges in its path were not recording a great deal of precipitation - most showed about 10-15mm. 

"It is mostly the winds we are concerned about at this stage, a gust of 76km/h was recorded at Wellcamp Airport this evening," Ms Berry said. 

"However the system is beginning to weaken."

Ms Berry said dangerous storm warnings are issued when there is a chance of wind gusts above 90km/h. 

Ms Berry said there remained a slight chance the storms would go all the way to the Gold Coast but said they were less likely to hit Brisbane. 

She said storms were also predicted for tomorrow. 

UPDATE: THE Bureau of Meteorology has updated its storm warning as the system bears down upon Toowoomba. 

"Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Stanthorpe, Oakey and Pittsworth," The BOM's latest statement read. 

BOM radar Toowoomba
BOM radar Toowoomba

Earlier forecaster Michael Paech from the BOM said the concerning aspect of this system was not the possibility for hail but damaging winds and heavy rain.

The BOM's radar shows the system is sitting to the Garden City's west at the moment and rapidly bearing down upon it.  

A storm warning has been issued for Warwick and Stanthorpe.
A storm warning has been issued for Warwick and Stanthorpe.

UPDATE: THE Bureau of Meteorology has updated its storm warning for Queensland saying heavy rain that could lead to flash flooding is now possible for Warwick, Stanthorpe, Inglewood, Clifton, Pittsworth and Moonie in the next few hours. 

The same storm hit Roma earlier this afternoon bringing heavy rain and gusting winds. 

BOM forecaster Michael Paech said the storm was presently sitting to the west of Stanthorpe and moving east at between 70 and 80 km/h. 

He said the warning which has been enacted mainly related to the possibility of storng and damaging winds. 

Mr Paech said there's a chance the storm may hit the Gold Coast later this evening however the warning is also in place for Warwick and it was also possible it could hit Toowoomba. 

So far the system has dropped reasonably substantial amounts of rainfall at a number of locations - according the BOM's gauges. 

Millmerran received 12mm, Terraine 16mm and Bengalla a solid total of 25.4mm. 

EARLIER: HEAVY rain hit Roma this afternoon after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a storm warning for the area surrounding the town. 

Clouds had been building out to the west throughout the day - before the deluge hit about 3pm. 

The heavy rain was accompanied by gusting winds. 

The storm only lasted for about 10 minutes however in that short period the BOM reports 5.2mm fell at the gauge at Roma Airport. 

Michael Paech from the BOM says the Storm warning is still active but that the heavy cells are moving away from the town.

"The heavy cells are moving north-east of Charleville," he said.

"But anywhere in that area will still have an active storm warning at this time."

Radar maps showing storms in the region.
Radar maps showing storms in the region.

EARLIER: THE Bureau of Meteorology is warning a severe thunderstorm is approaching the Darling Downs.

Forecasters say severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Roma, Mitchell, Goondiwindi, Inglewood, Injune and Surat. 

If severe thunderstorms develop in south-east Queensland area (east of Dalby from Rainbow Beach to Stanthorpe), a more detailed severe thunderstorm warning will be issued to people in this area.

 

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.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5:20pm.



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