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Severe storm to bypass Rocky

A NEW powerful storm is brewing east of Dingo, but is set to bypass Rockhampton.

Initial reports suggested Rocky would be hit with a powerful storm, but the latest from the Bureau of Meteorology suggests the storm clusters won't have any dramatic effect on the city.

The storm passed through Mount Morgan around 4.30pm today, dropping 26mm in 20 minutes.

The storm has already dumped 46mm on Biloela, 53mm on Tungamull and 36.6mm on Samuel Hill, north of Yeppoon.

The storm east of Dingo is about 60km west of Rockhampton and may impact slightly on the Yaamba and Caves area between 7pm and 10pm.

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A bureau spokesman said two other storm cells west of Rockhampton had the potential to develop into severe weather during the night.

"The pressure charts indicate any storms that do develop during the afternoon and night could be severe as well," he said.

He said that during current weather patterns, storms were tracking north-east across Central Queensland.

There are another "two or three cells" west of the city that will build tonight.

The spokesman said one storm was building south of Westwood and another east of Dingo.

In the event of a storm, Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:

  • Listen to a local radio station for severe storm advice and warnings;
  • Move your car under cover or away from trees;
  • Secure loose outdoor items;
  • Seek shelter and secure animals, preferably indoors and never under trees;
  • Secure all external doors and windows and draw curtains;
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm
  • Keep valuables, medications, spare clothing in plastic bags and your emergency kit handy;
  • Disconnect all electrical items, external TV/radio aerials and computer modems.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines; and
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

For advice during flood and storms members of the public are urged to visit www.disaster.qld.gov.au and for the latest weather reports visit the Bureau of Meteorology website at www.bom.gov.au.

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