Severe storm warning still in place for Gladstone
A SEVERE thunderstorm warning remains in place for the Gladstone region.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned the storms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, damaging winds and large hailstones.
At 4.15pm today the storm had already hit the Miriam Vale area and it was expected to hit Gladstone city later.
The weather radar at 5.40pm showed moderate rain heading towards Calliope and Benaraby.
Other locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Bundaberg, Kingaroy, Fraser Island, Biloela, Rolleston, and Baralaba.
The storm is moving in on the Sunshine Coast, and in Ipswich firefighters were this afternoon called to Redbank Plains, where there were reports of a tree on fire and power lines down as a result of thunderstorms.
In Brisbane, there are reports of flooding.
The State Emergency Service had received 130 calls for help across South East Queensland up until 5pm, according to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
Water rescue crews have been called to multiple incidents across the city after reports of cars floating away in flood waters.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services 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.
- Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
- Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
- For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.