A servere thunderstorm warning has been issued. Photo: File
A servere thunderstorm warning has been issued. Photo: File

Large hail possible following severe storm warning

UPDATE 2.30PM: Bundaberg could see damaging winds, heavy rainfall and even large hailstones this afternoon after a severe storm warning was issued by the weather bureau.

BoM Meteorologist James Thompson said severe storms can include rainfall in excess of 50mm, wind gusts of more than 90km/h and hailstones in excess of 2cm. 

"There are a number of storms around Queensland at the moment, especially in eastern Queensland," he said.

"There is a moist atmosphere in Queensland today which is helping that storm activity move through this afternoon."

The storm warning is current for most of Queensland including the Wide Bay and Burnett, Capricornia, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Central Coast and Whitsundays and the Sunshine Coast.  

UPDATE 1.40PM: The Bureau of Meteorology has listed Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Emerald, Rockhampton, Clermont, Mackay, Kingaroy, Coolangatta and Ipswich as possible locations to be affected by severe thunderstorms in the coming hours.

Hail between 2 and 5cm and damaging winds reported from southwest Brisbane.

EARLIER: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Central and South East Queensland.

This covers Wide Bay and Burnett, Capricornia, Southeast Coast and parts of Central Highlands and Coalfields and Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.


A map of the predicted storm.
A map of the predicted storm.


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises residents should move their car under cover or away from trees, secure loose outdoor items, avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm, beware of fallen trees and powerlines, seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

QFES has also advised if flash flooding does occur, never to drive, walk or ride through flood waters.

More to come.