Storm clouds head towards Hervey Bay.
Storm clouds head towards Hervey Bay. Alistair Brightman

Tornado warning cancelled, storm still live

UPDATE 5.10PM:

THE tornado warning for the region has been cancelled but residents are still warned of large hail and destructive winds.

BOM advise very dangerous thunderstorms are still occurring around the Wide Bay and Burnett regions.

An outage has resulted in more than 10,000 homes in the Fraser Coast region losing power due to a passing storm.

Storm damage in Maryborough West: Storm damage in Maryborough West
The tornado warning for the Fraser Coast has been cancelled but residents are still warned of destructive winds and large hail.
The tornado warning for the Fraser Coast has been cancelled but residents are still warned of destructive winds and large hail. BOM

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones over the next several hours in the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Maranoa and Warrego and Southeast Coast districts.

Locations which may be affected include Dalby, Gympie, Kingaroy, Biloela, Cherbourg and Tara.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce destructive winds and large hailstones over the next several hours in the Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.

Locations which may be affected include Bundaberg, Goondiwindi, Hervey Bay, Monto, Gayndah, Maryborough, Mundubbera, Gin Gin and Tiaro.

UPDATE 4PM

THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a tornado warning for Tiaro, Maryborough and Hervey Bay.  

A very dangerous thunderstorm with an observed tornado at Tansey (NE of Murgon) is expected to continue its northeast track.  

A recently developed thunderstorm, north of Miles is expected to intensify futher and produce similar conditions as it tracks northeast over the next few hours.  

Severe thunderstorms are developing across the southern Darling Downs which is forecast to develop and extend north during the afternoon.   

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce destructive winds, large hailstones and tornadoes over the next several hours in the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Maranoa and Warrego and Southeast Coast districts.   

Locations which may be affected include Dalby, Gympie, Bundaberg, Goondiwindi, Kingaroy, Hervey Bay, Cherbourg and Tara.  

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce destructive winds and large hailstones over the next several hours in parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.

Locations which may be affected include Hervey Bay, Cherbourg, Gayndah, Maryborough, Mundubbera, Gin Gin and Tiaro.   

QFES advises 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.   

UPDATE 3.50PM:

A SUPER storm packing Tornado-like winds and hail is headed for Tiaro and will likely hit parts of Maryborough.

The storm is tracking north-east and is expected to cross between 4-5pm.

Residents are advised to secure all loose items and put their cars undercover.

A SUPER storm packing Tornado-like winds and hail is headed for Tiaro and will likely hit parts of Maryborough.
A SUPER storm packing Tornado-like winds and hail is headed for Tiaro and will likely hit parts of Maryborough. BOM

EARLIER:

"A VERY dangerous thunderstorm" is tracking towards the Wide Bay, the weather bureau has warned.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued the warning just before 1.30pm today as the storm south-east of Murgon continued its track northeast towards Gympie.

Locations which may be affected include Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Rainbow Beach and Tiaro.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of the Wide Bay region.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of the Wide Bay region. BOM

Another dangerous thunderstorm north-east of Chinchilla is expected to continue intensifying as it moves towards Proston and Biggenden.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce destructive winds and very large hailstones over the next several hours in parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.

Tennis ball size hail (up to 7cm) was reported at Kumbia around midday.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises people to move cars from under cover or away from trees and secure loose outdoor items.

People should seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees and avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.

Emergency services urge residents to beware of fallen trees and powerlines and for emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next update is due to be issued by 4.30pm.