The Brisbane radar image shows the storm surrounding south-east Queensland
The Brisbane radar image shows the storm surrounding south-east Queensland

South-east Queensland facing severe thunderstorm threat

A SEVERE thunderstorm was surrounding south-east Queensland on Wednesday with the weather bureau warning of damaging wind, heavy rainfall and large hailstones.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning just after 8.15pm, for people in Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Gold Coast, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Southern Downs, Somerset and Toowoomba council areas.

"The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 8:20 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Warwick and near Marburg .

"These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast. They are forecast to affect Peak Crossing, Rosewood and Marburg by 8:50 pm and the area between Boonah and Beaudesert, Rathdowney and Laravale by 9:20 pm.

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

Emergency Management Queensland 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 9:20 pm.

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.



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