FOR people in the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders and parts of the Gulf Country, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Northwest, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Capricornia and Wide Bay and Burnett Forecast Districts.
Issued at 4:33 pm Saturday, 23 February 2013.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones over the next several hours in the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders and parts of the Gulf Country, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Northwest, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West and Capricornia districts. Locations which may be affected include Emerald, Clermont, Charters Towers, Biloela, Blackwater, Hughenden, Richmond, Rolleston, Baralaba, Springsure, Marathon and Pentland.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett district. Locations which may be affected include Maryborough, Tiaro and Biggenden.
49mm of rainfall was recorded in 30 minutes at Musket Flat (west of Maryborough).
An 85km/hr wind gust was recorded at Richmond at 3:00pm.
Hail was reported at Springsure at 3:00pm.
Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:
- Move your car under cover or away from trees.
- Secure loose outdoor items.
- Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
- Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.Sever
- 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 7:35 pm.
If severe thunderstorms develop in the Southeast Queensland area (east of Dalby from Rainbow Beach to Stanthorpe), a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued to people in this area.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Emergency Management Queensland would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.