INCOMING: Lightning over the Warwick captured by reader Brandi Linnel.
INCOMING: Lightning over the Warwick captured by reader Brandi Linnel.

SEVERE STORM WARNING: Hail, heavy rain and damaging winds

THERE is a severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall for people in Southeast Coast and parts of Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.

 

At 4.30pm severe thunderstorms was detected on the weather radar near Maroon Dam, Toogoolawah, the area between Nanango and Goomeri, the Amamoor Range northwest of Kenilworth, the area northwest of Jimna, Border Ranges National Park and Mount Barney.

 

These thunderstorms are moving towards the north to northeast and are forecast to affect the Southern Downs by 5.30pm.

 

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Gympie, Kingaroy, Ipswich and Mount Tamborine.

 

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.

 

READ MORE: Storm damage on the Southern Downs leaves residents without roofs, power



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