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‘Very dangerous thunderstorms’ sweeping across south-east Queensland

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Severe thunderstorms are lashing south-east Queensland, with destructive winds and large hailstones hitting parts of the Darling Downs and Scenic Rim.

The cluster of storms is hitting a large stretch of the south-east including the Darling Downs, Scenic Rim, and the Gold Coast with the Bureau of Meteorology warning of destructive winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones.

Five small hailstones in a person's hand

Golf ball-sized hail has been reported at Warwick and Toowoomba.

The BOM said three systems heading towards Toowoomba, Boonah, and the Gold Coast were "very dangerous".

"Large hail in excess of 2 centimetres in diameter, potentially even getting around 4 centimetres in diameter for those very dangerous cells, and wind gusts in excess of 90 kilometres an hour," forecaster Lauren Pattie said.

She said the storms would continue into the evening.

"It's pretty bad if you're near one of those dangerous cells at the moment, but those cells keep developing and are expected to continue to head to the south-east coast," she said.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Move your car undercover 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

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Southeast Coast and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Wide Bay and Burnett and Maranoa and Warrego districts.

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