Severe storm warning downgraded, storms still likely in area
UPDATE: The severe storm warning issued at 2pm has been downgraded, but the BOM warns storms are still likely for the Southern Downs over the next few hours.
EARLIER: AS OF 2pm this afternoon the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Southern Downs and Granite Belt.
These severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones over the next several hours in parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts.
Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Ipswich, Boonah and Allora.
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 5:00 pm.