Warnings as dangerous storms soon to hit Southern Queensland

QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is urging residents in Cherbourg, Gympie, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Southern Downs, South Burnett, Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley Council areas to prepare for thunderstorms in the coming hours.

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised several storms are currently active and very dangerous storms have been detected on the radar near Yarraman and the area east of Nanango.

QFES is urging residents who are currently in and around the warning areas to take precautionary measures and prepare for the storms.

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Residents should bring loose outdoor items indoors and secure items, which can't be moved, such as swing sets and trampolines. They should also move cars undercover and away from trees and when the storm approaches seek shelter indoors and never under trees.

Always be aware of fallen trees and powerlines. For storm and flood emergency assistance contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 and in a life-threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000).

SES volunteers respond to hundreds of requests during peak storm activity and ask that those requiring assistance be patient.

Most SES tasks are not quick jobs, and often extensive work and time is required to attend to storm damage. The public is asked to remember that the SES is made up of volunteers dedicated to helping others and will always put the safety of its volunteers first during adverse weather conditions.

For updated information monitor the BoM website at www.bom.gov.au and for further information on how to prepare visit www.getready.qld.gov.au.



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