Thunderstorms rumble through Wide Bay Burnett

UPDATE: The thunderstorm warning area as been updated and now includes parts of the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett forecast Districts. 

Locations which may be affected include Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Monto and Childers. 

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. 

5.30 PM: A severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is still current for parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett forecast districts.

Locations which may be affected include Maryborough, Childers, Gayndah and Biggenden. 

Meanwhile the severe thunderstorm warning for Southeast Queensland east of Dalby from Rainbow Beach to Stanthorpe has been cancelled.

Here's a glimpse of the short but sweet showers that fell on the Sunshine Coast this afternoon.

4.30 PM: Thunderstorms are moving towards the east.

They are forecast to affect Borumba Dam and the area northwest of Jimna by 5:00 pm and Imbil and the area southwest of Eumundi by 5:30 pm.

3.30 PM : A SEVERE thunderstorm has hit the Sunshine Coast bringing with it much needed rain.

The Bureau of Meteorology said that, at 3:25 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Noosa Heads and near Proston. T

The thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast to northeast.

They are forecast to affect waters off Noosa Heads and the area north of Goomeri by 3:55 pm and the area northwest of Gympie and the area north of Kilkivan by 4:25 pm.

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

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* 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 4:20 pm.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts.

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Thunderstorms looming for much of south east Qld

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the Wide Bay and Burnett, parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast Districts over the next several hours.  

Locations which may be affected include Maroochydore, Gympie, Kingaroy, Noosa, Toolara Forestry, Gayndah, Mundubbera, Biggenden and Eidsvold.   

A separate severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Southeast Queensland area from east of Dalby from Rainbow Beach to Stanthorpe.   

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:05 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar to the west of Proston. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east. They are forecast to affect the area south of Lake Boondooma by 2:35 pm and Proston by 3:05 pm.   

  Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:   

* Move your car under cover or away from trees. 

* Secure loose outdoor items. 

* 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.       

For more information, see www.bom.gov.au/qld



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