UPDATE: BoM issues severe storm warning for region
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Emerald, Ipswich, Kingaroy, Coolangatta, Stanthorpe, Caboolture, Cleveland, Gatton and Jimboomba.
Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Maranoa and Warrego district and the warning for this district is cancelled.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* 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 Bureau of Meteorology has just issued a severe storm warning for parts of the Gympie region, including the Mary Valley and South Burnett.
The warning has been issued for people on the Southeast Coast and parts of Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa and Warrego and Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.
The expected area affected by the severe storms which are making their way from the west towards the Gympie region, Mary Valley and South Burnett, has been expanded from the earlier warning to include more parts of the region.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Emerald, Ipswich, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe, Gatton, Jimboomba, Lowood, Mount Tamborine and Nanango.
At 3:19 pm a separate, more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning was current for the Southeast Queensland area (east of Dalby from Rainbow Beach to Stanthorpe). Refer to this product for more information.
The next warning is due to be issued by 6:20 pm.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.
There's a high chance the region could experience wild storm conditions this afternoon.
Weatherzone meterologist Kim Westcott said there storms were currently to the west of the South Burnett.
She said they would move towards the east, hitting the region in the next hour or two.
"There's a bit of a gap in the frequency, so there's a chance that it could go around the area," Ms Westcott said.
"These storms have been issued as quite severe so there is a general warning for people to take care.
"Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely to happen if it does pass through the region.
"Some simple things people should do is move their car under cover or away from trees and secure loose outdoor items such as trampolines just in case.
⚠️ WARNING gusty severe storms approaching Ipswich, #GoldCoast and Kingaroy. Wind gusts over 80km/h recorded at Gatton and Warwick. Large hail also likely in these cells. #QldStorm pic.twitter.com/cpmZVZtRTx— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) October 17, 2019
"They should also seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees, and avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm."
Ms Wescott said the area could receive 5-6 millimetres of rain, but once the storm passed there would be not much rain behind it.
She said Friday would bring sunny conditions with a maximum temperature of 32 degrees before dropping down to a minimum of 15 overnight.