Severe Thunderstorm Warning for South East Coast Forecast District
Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland Regional Office
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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND for DAMAGING WIND and LARGE HAILSTONES For people in the SCENIC RIM and parts of the LOCKYER VALLEY, IPSWICH CITY, SOUTHERN DOWNS and TOOWOOMBA Council Areas.
Issued at 2:43 pm Saturday, 15 October 2011.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:40 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Warwick.
These thunderstorms are moving towards the east.
They are forecast to affect the area northeast of Warwick and Clifton by 3:10 pm and Moogerah Dam and Aratula by 3:40 pm.
Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.
A 79km/hr wind gust was recorded at Warwick at 2:25pm.
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 3:45 pm.
A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Northern Tropical Coast and Tablelands and parts of the Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt 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.