Severe storm warning issued for South East Queensland

THE Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:00 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the area southwest of Gympie and the Amamoor Range northwest of Kenilworth.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to northeast.

They are forecast to affect the area northeast of Kingaroy, the area south of Gympie, Kandanga and Amamoor by 2:30 pm and the area southwest of Noosa Heads, the area west of Noosa Heads, the area southeast of Gympie and Kin Kin by 3:00 pm.

Damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
  • 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 11:50 am.

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.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219.

The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.



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