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Update: Almost 1000 homes are without power as storms hit CQ

Bureau of Meteorology rainfall radar as of 8.45pm as severe thunderstorm warning remains current across the Central Highlands, Coalfields and Capricornia forecast districts.
Bureau of Meteorology rainfall radar as of 8.45pm as severe thunderstorm warning remains current across the Central Highlands, Coalfields and Capricornia forecast districts. BOM

UPDATE 9.10PM: SEVERE thunderstorms are no longer threatening Central Queensland, but the Bureau of Meteorology will keep a close watch on the situation.

Golf-ball sized hailstones battered Josephvile in the south-east at 4.25pm before the BOM issued a severe thunderstorm warning from the Emerald area to inland from Brisbane.

Just before 9pm the BOM cancelled the severe thunderstorm warning including possible large hailstones and strong winds for all forecast districts, which included the Central Highlands, Coalfields and Capricornia.

They report the situation will continue to be monitored and warning issued if needed.

About 8.30pm Biloela lost power as storms hit the town as gusts reach their maximum for the night so far, 50kmh.

Emerald has also been battered by strong gusts, which hit 80kmh just after 7pm.

Just 1.6mm has fallen over Emerald though since the storms hit.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should: 

  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines. 
  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it. 
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500. 

UPDATE: 8.40PM: ALMOST 1000 homes have lost power in Biloela in what Ergon believe is a storm-related event.

It comes as severe thunderstorms threaten large hailstones and strong winds across Central Queensland and a broad stretch of the state.

No restoration time has been given, but there are teams heading to work to fix the outage, impacting about 980 homes.

The latest Bureau of Meteorology warning encompasses Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs and Granite Belt forecast districts.

Strong winds are battering Emerald, with the highest gust of 80kmh recorded at 7.11pm, and since reduced to 63kmh as of 8.30pm.

Only 0.4mm has fallen over the region so far.

Gusts are also picking up in Biloela, hitting 50kmh at 8.30pm.

The next warning will be issued at 10.30pm.

The Bureau of Meteorology have issued a severe thunderstorm warning. Modelling as of 7.30pm.
The Bureau of Meteorology have issued a severe thunderstorm warning. Modelling as of 7.30pm. BOM

7.30PM: GOLF-ball sized hailstones have already hit the south-east as thunderstorms rumble across a massive patch of Queensland.

The Bureau of Meteorology warn the Central Highlands, Coalfields and Capricornia regions should brace for possible large hailstones and damaging winds.

The BOM issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 6.29pm for an area stretching from Central Queensland around Emerald, down to the South East inland from Brisbane and Maroochydore.

Bureau of Meteorology rainfall radar as of 7.30pm.
Bureau of Meteorology rainfall radar as of 7.30pm. BOM

Locations which may be affected include Emerald, Blackwater, Rolleston, Springsure, Theodore, Moura, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Kingaroy, Cherbourg, Oakey and Taroom.

Gusts have already started to pick up over the last hour in Emerald, which recorded 80kmh at 7.11pm, dying down slightly to 72kmh at 7.30pm.  

The Bureau of Meteorology have issued a severe thunderstorm warning for a large part of Queensland.
The Bureau of Meteorology have issued a severe thunderstorm warning for a large part of Queensland. BOM
  • 4cm size hail was reported at Toowoomba at 5:10pm.
  • 89km/h wind gust was recorded at Toowoomba at 4:45pm.
  • 10 cent size hail was reported at Mount Maroon at 4:35pm.
  • Golf ball size hail was reported at Josephvile at 4:25pm

 

Bureau of Meteorology rainfall radar as of 7.30pm.
Bureau of Meteorology rainfall radar as of 7.30pm. BOM

BOM rainfall modelling shows patches of heavy falls are moving east across the warning area, particularly over Fairbairn Dam and The Willows in Central Queensland.

The next BOM warning will be issued at 9.30pm.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • 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.

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 Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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