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08 October 2011

Major thunderstorm warning 6.48am for Southeast Queensland

Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland Regional Office

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND

for DESTRUCTIVE WIND and LARGE HAILSTONES

For people in the BRISBANE CITY, GOLD COAST CITY, LOCKYER VALLEY, LOGAN CITY, MORETON BAY, IPSWICH CITY, SUNSHINE COAST, SCENIC RIM, SOMERSET, SOUTH BURNETT, TOOWOOMBA, REDLAND, CHERBOURG SHIRE and parts of the GYMPIE, DALBY and SOUTHERN DOWNS Council Areas.

Issued at 6:48 am Saturday, 8 October 2011.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 6:55 am, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Laidley and Esk. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Ipswich, Kilcoy and Jimna by 7:25 am, and Brisbane CBD, Beenleigh, Logan City, Strathpine, Redcliffe and Caboolture by 7:55 am.

Other severe thunderstorms were located near the area west of Kingaroy. They are forecast to affect Kingaroy, the area south of Kingaroy and Nanango by 7:25 am and the area northeast of Kingaroy, Elgin Vale and Wondai by 7:55 am.

Destructive winds and large hailstones are possible.

A wind gust of 139 km/hr was observed at Oakey at 5:30am

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* 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.

The next warning is due to be issued by 7:50 am.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa and Warrego and Southeast Coast districts.

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.

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