Severe weather warning for CQ

THERE is currently a severe thunderstorm warning for people in the Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast and parts of the Northwest, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Capricornia, Maranoa and Warrego and Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and large hailstones over the next several hours in the Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Capricornia, Maranoa and Warrego and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Bundaberg, Emerald, Longreach, Clermont, Winton, Kingaroy and Barcaldine.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds over the next several hours in parts of the Northwest district. Locations which may be affected include Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Dajarra Hotel, Urandangie, Duchess Hotel, Selwyn and Mckinlay Roadhouse.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

Rainfall of 37mm in 15 minutes was recorded at Tewantin at 3:25pm.
Rainfall of 54mm in an hour was recorded at Bald Knob (near Landsborough) at around 2:30pm.
A wind gust of 101kph was recorded at The Monument (northwest Queensland) at 1:48pm.

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 7:35 pm.

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 broadcast regularly.



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