Severe weather warning. Photo: Bureau of Meteorology.
Severe weather warning. Photo: Bureau of Meteorology.

BOM releases official severe thunderstorm warning for region

THE Bureau of Meteorology has released an official severe thunderstorm warning, affecting people living in parts of the Wide Bay region.

The statement was released just before 1.30pm on Friday and warns damaging winds, heady rain, flash flooding, and large hailstones were expected in the Wide Bay & Burnett, South East Coast and Darling Downs & Granite Belt regions over the next few hours.

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BOM spokesman Jess Carey said the thunderstorm activity was expected to hit the Fraser Coast in the late afternoon.

"As I'm sure you're feeling right now, there's a lot of moisture and unstable conditions," Mr Carey said.

"On the Fraser Coast you'd be looking out to the high country to the west; Kingaroy, Biloela heading towards the coast, typically that's where they form and move to the east."

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 expected to be released by 4:30 pm.