Severe storms track through central Queensland
[7.00 PM] THUNDERSTORMS are tracking through central Queensland and may produce damaging winds and large hailstones along with heavy rain tonight.
Locations which may be affected include Emerald, Clermont, Blackwater, Capella, Dysart 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.
- 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.
[4.30 PM] A NEW forecast shows severe thunderstorms are due to hit a large section of the Central Highlands this afternoon with wild weather expected north of Clermont and as far south as Rolleston.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Taroom, Rolleston, Springsure, Bogantungan, Mantuan Downs and Carnarvon National Park.
Higgins Storm Chasing says the storms have failed to initiate over South-East Queensland and the Wide Bay and Burnett due to a weakening on the trough .
THE severe thunderstorm warning area has been extended to include Taroom, Rolleston, Springsure, Bogantungan, Mantuan Downs and Carnarvon National Park.
[2.20 PM] A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Central Highlands and Coalfields this afternoon.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the storms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Capella.
The next warning is due to be issued by 5:20 pm.
EARLIER: IT may not be summer yet, but the storm season could be upon us with severe weather activity predicted to hit south-east Queensland.
Jess Carey from the Bureau of Meteorology told Fairfax that anywhere south of Emerald, out to Rockhampton and down to the border could see widespread storms.
"In particular the Southern central highlands, the Wide Bay and Burnett and probably the Sunshine Coast as the southern extent," he said.
"Thunderstorms couldn't be ruled out in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast as well, but there's a bit of uncertainty in the atmosphere and we're still getting field observations."
"The winds are there, the moisture is there, all the ingredients are there for the storms, but they're probably most primed for the area north of the south-east."
As of 1.55ppm, there were no storm warnings issued for Queensland.
Meanwhile, NSW has been battered by flooding and a 'mini tornado'.