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Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Southeast Queensland
for DESTRUCTIVE WINDS, LARGE HAILSTONES and HEAVY RAINFALL
For people in parts of Ipswich, Logan, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Gold Coast, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay Council Areas.
Issued at 2:44 pm Sunday, 31 December 2017.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:40 pm, a very dangerous thunderstorm was detected on the weather radar near Highvale, Samford and Lake Manchester. The very dangerous thunderstorm is forecast to affect Strathpine, the D’Aguilar Ranges and Lake Samsonvale by 3:10 pm and Narangba, Dayboro and Burpengary by 3:40 pm.
Damaging to destructive winds, large to very large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely with this very dangerous storm.
Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Beaudesert and Esk. They are forecast to affect Gatton, the area northwest of Esk and Toogoolawah by 3:10 pm and Kilcoy, the area west of Kilcoy and Mount Kilcoy by 3:40 pm.
Damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.
4cm hail has been reported near Grantham.
3cm hail has been reported near Allora.
71mm of rainfall has been recorded in the 60 minutes to 2.10 at Camp Hill Rd (50km southwest of Laidley)
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 3:45 pm.
A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Southeast Coast and parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.