Drew Chapman, program director at River 94.9 took this stunning shot of a storm in the Lockyer Valley in late October.
Drew Chapman, program director at River 94.9 took this stunning shot of a storm in the Lockyer Valley in late October.

Severe storm warning issued for Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley

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UPDATE, 5.30PM: The Bureau of Meteorology says the chance of severe storms around the Toowoomba region this evening has eased, though more storms could develop as the night goes on.

"Heavy rainfall in the warning area has temporarily eased," the Bureau said.

"However, the redevelopment of heavy rainfall in the general warning area remains possible over the next several hours.

"The situation is being closely monitored and further detailed warnings will be issued as necessary."

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Earlier: THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe storm warning for parts of Toowoomba, the Southern Downs and the Lockyer Valley. 

The warning was issued just after 4.30pm on Friday.

"Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours," the Bureau said. 

The area the storm warning on January 17, 2020 covered.
The area the storm warning on January 17, 2020 covered. BoM

"Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gatton, Toowoomba, the area north of Warwick, the area south of Toowoomba and Allora.

"82mm recorded in an hour at Mt Sylvia, southeast of Toowoomba."

The next warning is due to be issued by 5:35 pm.

The storms come after the Bureau predicted several days of rain.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should: 

  • 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. 
     

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