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 LOCKYER VALLEY, IPSWICH CITY, SCENIC RIM, SOMERSET, SOUTH
BURNETT, TOOWOOMBA, CHERBOURG SHIRE and parts of the BRISBANE CITY, LOGAN CITY,
GYMPIE, MORETON BAY, DALBY and SOUTHERN DOWNS Council Areas.
Issued at 5:59 am Saturday, 8 October 2011.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 6:00 am, very dangerous thunderstorms
were detected on weather radar near Toowoomba and the area north of Toowoomba.
Thunderstorms are moving towards the east.
Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Laidley, Gatton and the area
west of Esk by 6:30 am and Ipswich, Boonah and Esk by 7:00 am.
They are forecast to affect the ranges north of Jandowae by 6:30 am and Kingaroy, the area northwest of Kingaroy and Lake Boondooma by 7:00 am.
Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.
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 7:00 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.