BOM issues severe thunderstorm warning for parts of CQ
UPDATE 4.10PM: THE BUREAU of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Central Queensland.
Over the next several hours, severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones.
Locations which may be affected include Clermont, Moranbah, Capella, Dysart, Aramac and Elgin Downs.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* 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 7:10 pm.
UPDATE 1PM: Burea of Meteorology forecasters have renewed warnings for severe thunderstorms in Central Queensland today.
About 11.30am, a BOM report detailed how humid, unstable conditions north and east of a weak surface trough would be responsible for severe storms over CQ.
These storms are likely to impact parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields and the Central West districts.
Damaging winds and very heavy rainfall are the main threats, though large hail is also possible.
Cloud cover currently over the area of concern may limit or delay development to late this afternoon.
Elsewhere storms are likely in a broad band inland extending from the eastern Gulf Country down to about Charleville and Roma.
Storms are less likely about the coast, but there is a chance they will reach the coast between about Cardwell and Rockhampton.
According to the BOM radar, light to moderate rainfall is currently impacting Central Queensland towns including Emerald, Blackwater and Springsure - tracking towards the Rockhampton area.
INITIAL: The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting the chance of a thunderstorm for parts of Central Queensland from late this morning.
The BOM's forecast for the Capricornia region states there is a 50% chance of showers in the north, slight (20%) chance elsewhere.
The rain forecast comes as there is a surface trough that extends through the interior of the state, from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the southern border ranges.
There is alight to medium chance of showers and thunderstorms north and east of Burketown to Charleville to Gladstone, tending to a high chance with possible severe storms over parts of the central and southern tropical interior.
Shy Weather said falls of up to 50mm were possible in parts of CQ today.
A moist, unstable airmass exists near and to the east of this feature. The trough will shift further west during Friday before beginning to traverse north and into the tropics over the weekend.
As for tomorrow's rain forecast, there is a 50% chance of showers in the north, slight (30%) chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the south in the afternoon.
Saturday could still see a shower or two in the region with a 30% chance of rain.