UPDATE: Hailstones the size of tennis balls have turned the streets of Oakey white.

A freak hailstorm showered parts of the Darling Downs with hail between 3.50pm and 4.20pm this afternoon.

Hail has also been reported in Highfields and Pittsworth.

Houses and cars in Oakey have sustained damage from the hail.

Sha Sha Atkins shows the size of the hail in Oakey.
Sha Sha Atkins shows the size of the hail in Oakey. Contributed

The Bureau of Meteorology says severe thunderstorms are no longer affecting the Southeast Queensland area.

While the immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary, a spokesman for the bureau said.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning remains current for the Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts.

4.34PM: Large hailstones have been reported across the Darling Downs as severe storms roll through the area.

Hail has fallen to the southwest of Toowoomba in Pittsworth and in the west in Oakey and Mt Tyson.

The Bureau of Meteorology this afternoon put out an urgent warning about severe storms approaching Toowoomba which it characterised as "very dangerous".

Craig Commen's photo of hail in Oakey.
Craig Commen's photo of hail in Oakey. Contributed

 

The bureau warned the storms could bring damaging wind, heavy rainfall and large hailstones.

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3.39PM: A severe storm is on the way to the Darling Downs and Lockyer Valley which the Bureau of Meteorology has called "very dangerous".

The bureau issued a warning for damaging wind, heavy rainfall and large hailstones at 3.28pm this afternoon.

Storms are expected to bring damaging wind, heavy rainfall and large hailstones.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned that very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the area west of Toowoomba.

"These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to northeast.

"Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Toowoomba, the area southwest of Toowoomba and the area northwest of Toowoomba by 4:35 pm."

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning this afternoon. Photo Contributed
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning this afternoon. Photo Contributed Contributed

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 4.30 pm.

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

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