THUNDER STRUCK: Storms are expected in CQ today.
THUNDER STRUCK: Storms are expected in CQ today.

Storm warning: Hail, heavy rain and damaging winds forecast

UPDATE 6.30PM: SEVERE storm warnings remain in place for Central Queensland this evening. 

The Bureau of Meteorology updated its warning for the region about 4.30pm, predicting severe thunderstorms likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.

Locations which may be affected include Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Kingaroy, Coolangatta, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie.

On the Capricorn Coast, storm activity this afternoon knocked out power to more than 1700 homes. 

UPDATE 2PM: THE BUREAU of Meteorology has issued another warning for CQ, after an earlier storm this morning. 

In a warning issued at 1.40pm, the Bureau said severe thunderstorms were likely to produce large hailstorms, damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours. 

Rockhampton, Emerald, Gladstone, Clermont and Mackay are all in the warning zone, along with Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Bundaberg, Kingaroy, Coolangatta and Ipswich.

Popular weather page Higgins Storm Chasing has also issued a warning for the Rockhampton area, saying a severe storm is moving east towards the northside of town. 

"It may deviate and directly hit town, or stay on course and just miss to the north - be mindful of this cell, its likely producing damaging winds, heavy rain and large hail," Higgins said on Facebook. 

INITIAL 11.15AM: THE BUREAU of Meteorology has this morning issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Central Queensland.

The warning, issued at 11.10am, forecast severe thunderstorms were likely to produce large hailstones, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds over the next several hours.

Locations potentially in the firing like are Rockhampton, Kingaroy, Biloela, Gatton, Kilcoy, Laidley, Lowood, Mount Morgan and Nanango.

It comes after thunderstorms ripped through the region in the early hours of Sunday.

While Rockhampton did not record heavy rainfall in the event, lightning and thunder put on a show for residents.

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.



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