Amazing 360 photo of storm clouds over Darling Downs

UPDATE: The Bureau of Meteorology's latest weather warning states thunderstorms are no longer affecting Toowoomba and south-east Queensland.

Heavy rain is still falling in parts of the Darling Downs and residents are continuing to share photos and videos online of today's storms.

Bec Hall submitted an amazing 360 degrees photograph to the Higgins Storm Chasing page.

It was taken from her backyard in Tara of the storm heading towards Dalby.

The Bureau of Meteorology said immediate threat of severe thunderstorms had passed, but the situation would continue to be monitored and further warnings would be issued if necessary.

UPDATE: Darling Downs residents are cleaning up fallen trees and power lines as a supercell storm, which smashed the region this morning, moves to the north of Brisbane.

Roads across the area are temporarily closed due to floodwater and fallen power lines and trees.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts an even heavier rainfall to drench the Darling Downs tonight.

RACQ and the Queensland Department of Transport have released a list of roads affected by this morning's storm:

  • Power lines down: Oakey Connection Rd, also known as Toowoomba Rd, near Hamlyn Rd and opposite a caravan park.
  • Stanthorpe-Inglewood Rd: Flooded in various areas between Inverary Rd and the Cunningham Hwy, as it passes through the suburbs of Coolmunda and Pikedale.
  • Millmerran-Cecil Plains Rd: Flooded in Kurrowah, about 10km south of Cecil Plains about 11.40am.
  • Trees, debris and fallen power lines blocked lanes in both directions at various parts of Esk-Hampton Rd. Some of those areas through Esk and Hampton still were closed as of 11.40am.
  • Trees and power lines were blocking Esk-Gatton Rd at various locations, especially southbound towards Gatton, according to Queensland's Department of Transport.
A pedestrian crosses Neil St as heavy rain falls in Toowoomba, Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
A pedestrian crosses Neil St as heavy rain falls in Toowoomba, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Kevin Farmer

12.17PM: Large hailstones and damaging winds are expected to hit the Darling Downs in the next few hours.

The Bureau of Meteorology just released a weather warning predicting severe thunderstorms.

Millmerran, Chinchilla, Miles, Roma and Surat are expected to be affected.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises residents should move cars under cover or away from trees and secure loose outdoor items.

11AM: Wild weather that lashed the region this morning has caused more than 600 homes to lose power in the Somerset region.

An Energex spokesperson said residents needed to prepare for power loss as more storms were expected to hit.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near southern Lake Wivenhoe at 10.30am. These storms are heading east.

This morning's storm brought strong winds which tore roofs from houses west of Toowoomba with State Emergency Services working to secure the properties.

The storm also brought down power lines and caused flash flooding around the area.

A storm approaches Jondaryan. Photo Andrew Dove‎
A storm approaches Jondaryan. Photo Andrew Dove‎

UPDATE 10AM: Strong winds have torn roofs from houses west of Toowoomba with State Emergency Services working to secure the properties.

SES Oakey and Goombungee group leader Trevor Flynn said sheeting had been torn from two houses in Goombungee as intense winds and hail lashed the area.

He said crews were en route to the properties to pin tarps as the severe weather eased.

Mr Flynn described the winds as "very severe" but reported the weather appeared to have broken as the storm system moved north-east of the region.

Toowoomba SES group leader Frank Devlin said the Garden City had been spared any reports of storm damage except for a tree which fell across a driveway.

Mr Devlin said the fallen tree and a power line in Oakey were the only reports of damage in his command area.

9.10AM: The storm lashing the region has brought down power lines and caused flash flooding around Toowoomba.

It is now heading east towards the coastline.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has received reports of power lines down over Toowoomba Rd in Oakey, with drivers urged to drive to the conditions and obey road signage.

Traffic is thick and slow going on James St as the deluge backed up storm water drains, sending deep water flooding over the busy road.

The Bureau of Meteorology's updated forecast warns the severe thunderstorms are heading north-east of Toowoomba towards Crows Nest.

BoM predicts the storms will hit Crows Nest and Hampton by 9.25am, and possibly the area west of Esk by 9.55am.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning remains active for parts of the Darling Downs, Granite Belt and surrounding regions.

Storm activity near Drayton on the evening of Monday, March 13, 2017.
Storm activity near Drayton on the evening of Monday, March 13, 2017.

8AM: Storms forecast for Toowoomba, Highfields and Murphys Creek have arrived.

In its latest warning the Bureau of Meteorology said, at 7.45am, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Oakey and Jondaryan.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east.

They are forecast to affect Toowoomba, the area northwest of Toowoomba and Highfields by 8.15 am and Murphy's Creek, the area north of Toowoomba and Helidon by 8.45am.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts.

The next warning is due to be issued by 8:40 am.

The bureau's 128 km Brisbane (Marburg) Radar Loop showing storm activity at 8am on March 14, 2017.
The bureau's 128 km Brisbane (Marburg) Radar Loop showing storm activity at 8am on March 14, 2017.

7.30AM: The Bureau of Meteorology is warning that at 6.45am, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area north-west of Oakey.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east. They are forecast to affect Oakey, Jondaryan and the area west of Oakey by 7.15am and the area north-west of Toowoomba and the area west of Toowoomba by 7.45am.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt district.

The warning was issued after 11.6mm of rain fell on Toowoomba yesterday evening.

Dalby received a heavy downpour, with the official gauges recording 26.6mm of rain.

Last night the bureau issued a storm warning for Toowoomba, Dalby, Oakey, Millmerran, Allora, Clifton, Pittsworth and Jondaryan. 

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