High winds, severe thunderstorms tracking towards Lockyer
UPDATE: Thunderstorms moving from the west are likely to impact Laidley and the Lockyer Valley today.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:55 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Boonah, Gatton, Caboolture and the area southwest of Gympie.
The BoM issued the alert shortly after 3pm, today.
These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast. They are forecast to affect Laidley, the area south of Gympie and Jimna by 3:25 pm and the area west of Noosa Heads, the area southeast of Gympie and Pomona by 3:55 pm.
Damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.
48mm was recorded at Kalbar within an hour.
EARLIER: Parts of the Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Toowoomba, South Burnett and Southern Downs are about to be impacted by storms.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued an alert just before 1pm today.
They predict damaging winds, large hail stones and heavy rainfalls for the areas.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 12:50pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area east of Dalby, Bowenville and the area west of Toowoomba.
These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast.
They are forecast to affect the area west of Kingaroy, Pittsworth and Jondaryan by 1:20pm and Toowoomba, the area northwest of Toowoomba and the area south of Kingaroy by 1:50pm.
Damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.
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.
A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Maranoa and Warrego and Southeast Coast districts.
The next warning is due to be issued by 1:55pm.
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.