Storms hit and light show starts around Queensland

UPDATE: Thunderstorms are moving further into the Coalfields with Emerald now added to the list of Queensland towns due for some rain.

At 6.30 PM, the Bureau of Meteorology issued an update to a severe thunderstorm warning for heavy rainfall, damaging winds and large hailstones for people in the Wide Bay and Burnett, parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia and Southeast Forecast Districts.

 Locations which may be affected include Maroochydore, Gympie, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Emerald, Kingaroy, Hervey Bay waters, Biloela and Blackwater. 

The severe thunderstorm warning for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt district has been CANCELLED.

Meanwhile another storm warning is current for people in Cherbourg and parts of the GYmpie and South Burnett council areas. 

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 6:25 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Kingaroy. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east.  

They are forecast to affect the area northeast of Kingaroy by 6:55 pm and Wondai, Cherbourg, the area north of Kingaroy and the area east of Murgon by 7:25 pm.   Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.  

 

UPDATE: AN impressive light show has begun over parts of the Sunshine Coast. 

This video was taken just before dusk, driving on the highway at Forest Glen.

The severe thunderstorm warning is current for the Wide Bay and Burnett, the Southeast Coast and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia and Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.

Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Kingaroy, Fraser Island, Biloela, Rolleston, and Baralaba.


Another warning is current for Scarborough, northern Moreton Bay and Deception Bay waters, with the systems moving north.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the north. They are forecast to affect Bribie Island, Comboyuro Point and waters off Bribie Island by 5:55 pm.   Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.  

 4 PM: FIREFIGHTERS have been called to Redbank Plains, where there are reports of a tree on fire and power lines down as a result of thunderstorms.

Lightning is thought to have hit a tree on Alawoona St, Redbank Plains, causing a tree to catch fire, while power lines are down on Redbank Plains Rd.

There are also reports of hail in the suburb.

The latest BOM warning shows very dangerous thunderstorms were detected throughout Ipswich, including Bundamba and Redbank Plains.

The storms are now moving north and are forecast to affect Brisbane and Logan throughout the afternoon.

BOM warned destructive winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones were likely.

Fallen tree at Redbank Plains
Fallen tree at Redbank Plains

EARLIER: A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for people in the Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Maranoa and Warrego and Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.  

The storms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

The warning area has been broadened and now includes locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Bundaberg, Kingaroy, Hervey Bay, Rolleston, Taroom, and the Carnarvon Ranges.    

A BOM severe thunderstorm warning issued at 2.02pm.
A BOM severe thunderstorm warning issued at 2.02pm.

A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued the warning at 1.10pm.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Toowoomba, Warwick, Ipswich, Boonah, Oakey, Crows Nest, Allora, Clifton, Pittsworth and Jondaryan. 

 



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