Ipswich houses remain without power
UPDATE 7.30AM: MORE than 500 Energex customers are still without power.
The worst affected suburbs are Riverview with 327 customers without power and Dinmore with 250 customers still impacted.
Energex is expecting to update customers again at 10am.
UPDATE 10PM: Power has been restored to more than 3000 Energex customers but 5870 remain cut off hours after a storm hit Ipswich, damaging power lines all over the city.
Energex will continue to work in to the night and early hours of Tuesday to restore power to homes across dozens of suburbs.
UPDATE 8PM: ALMOST 9000 homes are still without power in the Ipswich region.
According to Energex, fallen power lines are responsible for power outages to 8799 of its customer.
At 7pm, that figure was 9345.
UPDATE 6.40PM: EVENING storms have lashed Ipswich blowing power lines down and closing roads.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads reports all lanes of the Cunningham Hwy are closed after power lines were blown onto the road - near Swanbank Rd.
The news comes as almost 10,000 homes remain without power and Energex reports the outages are also the result of the damaging storms.
UPDATE 5.45PM: NEARLY 10,000 Ipswich homes are without power.
Power is out at 937 at Bundamba homes, 1145 Karalee homes, 730 Silkstone homes and 834 Redbank Plains homes.
Thousands more are without power right across the Ipswich region.
Traffic lights are not working in a number of suburbs.
Energex is investigating the cause with updates expected from about 8pm.
EARIER 5PM: HAIL, strong winds and rain have hit Ipswich
BoM has asked residents in Ipswich, the Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Toowoomba and Southern Downs to seek shelter, move their cars away from trees and to secure loose outdoor items.
They are forecast to affect Kilcoy, the area west of Kilcoy, Lake Somerset, Mount Kilcoy and Linville by 5:50 pm and Wacol, Lake Manchester, Upper Brookfield, Fernvale, Woodford and Jimna by 6:20 pm.
Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely to hit the south-east in the next hour, the Bureau of Meteorology warns.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned the severe thunderstorms are now moving towards the no
Photos have emerged of dark clouds looming over the outskirts Ipswich as a severe storm approaches.
BoM has asked residents in Ipswich, the Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Toowoomba and Southern Downs to seek shelter, move their cars away from trees and to secure loose outdoor items after December storms saw trampolines take to the air as storms hit Ipswich (photos below).
Forecasters have asked those in the storm's path to beware of fallen trees and powerlines an to never drive or walk through flood waters.
For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
The next warning is due to be issued by 4:50pm.
UPDATE 3PM: A SEVERE thunderstorm has veered to the east and is presently bearing down upon Ipswich.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued an updated warning at 2.50pm saying the storms had been detected on the radar at Cunnignhams Gap and were presently moving east.
EARLIER: THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe storm warning for Warwick, Toowoomba, Stanthorpe, Boonah, Crows Nest, Allora and Clifton.
The warning which was issued at 1.57pm stated damaging winds and heavy rain were likely to hit across a large swathe of south-east Queensland over the next few hours.
And while the impact of the weather system carries the potential for property damage, it also brings welcome relief from the heatwave which has seen temperatures in the region soar over the course of the weekend.
Forecaster at the BOM Sean Fitzgerald urged people to keep an eye on warnings for the latest developments throughout the evening.
"While the rainfall may be quite energetic at times the steering on these storms should mean they don't hang around for too long," Mr Fitzgerald said.
"It's one of those times where we will just have to wait and see how this develops."
Earlier the BOM said via a statement that storms had already hit parts of the region.
"At 2:05 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Moogerah and the area south of Cunninghams Gap," the BOM said via statement this afternoon.
"These thunderstorms are moving towards the east.
"They are forecast to affect Killarney and Moogerah Dam by 2:35 pm and Boonah and Kooralbyn by 3:05 pm.
"Damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely."