Severe storms heading towards the Scenic Rim

STORM WARNING: Heavy rainfall, strong winds and large hailstones likely. Photo: BOM
STORM WARNING: Heavy rainfall, strong winds and large hailstones likely. Photo: BOM

UPDATE: 5.20pm

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4.55 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Aratula, Elgin Vale, Rathdowney and the NSW border. These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast.

They are forecast to affect Boonah, the area between Boonah and Beaudesert and the area northeast of Kingaroy by 5.25 pm and Beaudesert, Laidley and Gatton by 5.55 pm.


Large hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.


BOM reports 51mm in the 60 minutes to 5pm at Maroon Dam.


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 due to be issued by 6.10 pm.

Earlier:

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:25 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Jimna, Cunninghams Gap and Border Ranges National Park. These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast.

They are forecast to affect Moogerah Dam, Aratula and Borumba Dam by 4:55 pm and Boonah, the area southwest of Gympie and the ranges between Gympie and Murgon by 5:25 pm.

Large hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.

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 due to be issued by 5:30 pm.