Heavy downpour leaves Toowoomba drenched

A massive storm front rolls over Laidley this afternoon. More than 50mm of rain fell in Toowoomba.
A massive storm front rolls over Laidley this afternoon. More than 50mm of rain fell in Toowoomba. Becky Georgina Shuttleworth

UPDATE: More than 50mm of rain fell in Toowoomba in just 20 minutes in the best drenching the city has seen this week.

The thunderstorm hit about 6.30pm, delivering an impressive lightning display that lit up the night skies. There have been no reports of hail or damage. 

A severe thunderstorm warning remains in place.

6PM: A general thunderstorm warning is in place for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt.

Warnings have been cancelled for the Maranoa and Warrego districts.

The Bureau of Meteorology's latest warning came at 4.50pm. 

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued this severe thunderstorm warning at 3.15pm.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued this severe thunderstorm warning at 3.15pm.

3.30: Two severe thunderstorms that could produce heavy rain, large hailstones and damaging winds are threatening the Darling Downs and Lockyer Valley.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned that at 3.15 pm, the severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Maroon Dam, Cunninghams Gap and Mount Barney.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast to southeast.

They are forecast to affect Moogerah, Moogerah Dam and Aratula by 3.45 pm and Boonah, Kooralbyn and Rosevale by 4.15 pm.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

Severe thunderstorms are rolling east across the Southern Downs.
Severe thunderstorms are rolling east across the Southern Downs.

2.20PM: Severe thunderstorms have been detected near Warwick this afternoon. They are moving east towards the Lockyer Valley.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that the thunderstorms could produce large hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to in flash flooding.

The storms are moving east.

Meanwhile, a severe thunderstorm warning remains in place for the Darling Downs, Warrego and Maranoa districts.

A thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Darling Downs and wider region
A thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Darling Downs and wider region

12.10PM: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Darling Downs, Maranoa, Granite Belt and Warrego districts.

The warning was issued at 11.46am.

The Bureau of Meteorology is warning the storms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall.

There are concerns over the possibility of flash flooding.

Locations that may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Kingaroy and Stanthorpe.

The next warning is due at 2.50pm.


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