Severe thunderstorm activity expected tomorrow and Wednesday

A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for Central Queensland tomorrow and Wednesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has predicted a surface trough will enter the southwest Queensland tonight and approach the Southeast Coast District tomorrow afternoon and evening.

Showers and severe thunderstorms are likely as the trough moves through Western, Central and Southeast Districts.

Wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h and large hail are also possible, particularly through the south east corner of the State.

The thunderstorm activity should then contract further north into the Wide Bay and Burnett and Capricornia districts during Wednesday.

BoM Senior Meteorologist Michelle Berry told people to stay up to date with the latest weather information by listening to local radio and visiting the BOM website.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Director of Disaster Management Brian Cox says people should put loose garden furniture and toys inside and secure items which can't be moved, such as trampolines and swing sets, either tonight or first thing tomorrow.

"Ensure your animals have shelter and are secured and that your vehicles are under solid shelter or covered," he says.

"Disconnect all electrical items, external television and radio aerials and computer modems.

"When the storms strike stay inside and shelter well clear of windows, doors and skylights. If you have no choice but to be outdoors, seek solid enclosed shelter and never under trees. If you're driving stop clear of trees, power lines and streams."

Mr Cox said it was not uncommon for power to also be lost during severe thunderstorms so make sure you have the basic items, such as a torch, medications and food and water close by.

"Now is also a prime time to ensure your emergency kit is well stocked and up to date," he said

"After the storm passes always be aware of fallen powerlines, trees and flooded watercourses. If it's flooded, forget it."

For flood and storm assistance contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 and for a life-threatening emergency always call triple zero (000).

For further information on how to 'Get Ready' visit getready.qld.gov.au/



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