98km/h winds at Emerald as storms lash CQ
WINDS of up to 98kmh whipped Emerald airport as a severe thunderstorm passed through the Central Highlands and Capricornia region. Emergency Management Queensland central representative Robert Ferguson said a few trees had come down and a chook pen roof had been blown off as a result of the wild and windy weather as of 9pm. But he said only one tree had fallen down in the Gemfields. Mr Ferguson said there had been no property damage suffered throughout the region .
6.34pm: SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for DAMAGING WIND, FLASH FLOODING and LARGE HAILSTONES
For people in the Central Coast and Whitsundays, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields and Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.
Issued at 6:34 pm Thursday, 13 October 2011.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay and Kingaroy.
Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Central West and Maranoa and Warrego districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.
A 98km/hr wind gust was recorded at Emerald airport at 5:25pm.
110mm of rainfall has been reported at Mt Alford within 2 hours at 5:00pm.
63mm of rainfall has been recorded at Mt Cotton within 30minutes at 4:45pm.
2cm hail was reported at Forest Lake and 3cm hail was reported at Springfield earlier in the afternoon.
Widespread small hail has been reported near Logan earlier in the afternoon.
Emergency Management Queensland 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 9:35 pm.
If severe thunderstorms develop in the Southeast Queensland area (east of Dalby from Rainbow Beach to Stanthorpe), a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued to people in this area.
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 Emergency Management Queensland would appreciate warnings being