Thunderstorms warning issued for Capricornia and CQ region
Update: 7.10pm Mt Morgan is currently copping the brunt of a series of storms passing over the region tonight.
A storm cell over Westwood could possibly hit Rockhampton or Emu Park later tonight.
This afternoon's storm provided a much needed 19mm of rain in Rockhampton. Yeppoon received 22mm and 45 mm fell in the Awonga Dam catchment.
The highest falls recorded were 58mm in Thangool.
Damian Ousley from the weather bureau said the storms were likely to continue through until Sunday though becoming less intense after tomorrow.
Update 2.10Pm: REPORTS of traffic congestion on George Street and Bruce Highway.
One lane is totally blocked.
It is believed a transformer near McDonalds caught on fire earlier and now traffic lights are not working.
We have also received reports of a white soapy substance on the road from the cemetery to the Yeppen roundabout.
UPDATE 1.45PM: As rain hits the ground in Rockhampton, organisers of the Stockland Rockhampton Christmas Parade are about to meet to decide if the parade will go ahead tonight or not.
A decision is expected to be made at 2pm.
12.50PM: A THUNDERSTORM warning has been issued for Capricornia and other regions over the next several hours.
South-east and south -west Queensland has been experience torrential rain with hail the size of $1 coins in the past 24 hours.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning for Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Southeast Coast and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields and Maranoa and Warrego Forecast Districts.
It was issued at 11.46am.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Emerald, Rockhampton, Kingaroy and Stanthorpe.
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 2:50 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 broadcast regularly.