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LATEST FROM BOM | A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for destructive winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones for people in Capricornia and parts of Central Highlands and Coalfields and Wide Bay and Burnett Forecast Districts.

Issued at 8:48 pm Thursday, 11 October 2018.

Weather Situation: The threat for very dangerous thunderstorms has temporarily eased, however the potential for redevelopment remains this evening.

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 Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Biloela, Blackwater, Yeppoon, Calliope, Gin Gin and Mount Morgan.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

This evening:

- Wind gust up to 144km/h has been reported at Blackwater at 6:23pm

- 4 to 5cm hail has been reported to the south of Gin Gin around 7:05pm

- 37mm in 15 minutes and 72mm in 50 minutes at Mingo Creek (west of Bundaberg)

Earlier this afternoon:

- TORNADO reported at Tansey (northwest of Murgon) around 3:12pm

- Tennis ball size hail (up to 7cm) was reported at Kumbia around midday.

- 4 to 5cm hail reported between Proston and Murgon

- 3 to 5cm hail reported at and near Gympie

- 4 to 5cm hail reported at Yelarbon

- Vast property and vegetation damage across all affected towns

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* 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 11:50 pm.

EARLIER | Two Supercell Thunderstorms have combined north and west of Gympie causing hail the size of tennis balls to land at and near Gympie.  Trees were brought down across roads.  Winds of over 90km an hour were recorded in parts.

Then a tornado warning was issued, it ended up forming north west of Murgon, causing mass devastation.  

LATEST FROM BOM | A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for destructive winds and large hailstones is current for people in Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

TORNADO WARNING CANCELLED, HOWEVER VERY LARGE HAIL AND DESTRUCTIVE WINDS STILL POSSIBLE ACROSS THE WIDE BAY AND BURNETT.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones over the next several hours in the Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts. Locations which may be affected include Gympie, Goondiwindi, Kingaroy, Hervey Bay, Calliope, Biloela, Cherbourg and Rainbow Beach.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce destructive winds and very large hailstones over the next several hours in parts of the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts. Locations which may be affected include Bundaberg, Monto, Gayndah, Childers, Mundubbera, Eidsvold, Gin Gin, Miriam Vale and Seventeen Seventy.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Maranoa and Warrego district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

- TORNADO reported at Tansey (northwest of Murgon) around 3:12pm

- Tennis ball size hail (up to 7cm) was reported at Kumbia around midday.

- 4 to 5cm hail reported between Proston and Murgon

- 3 to 5cm hail reported at and near Gympie

- 4 to 5cm hail reported at Yelarbon

- Vast property and vegetation damage across all affected towns

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services 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 8:30 pm.

EARLIER | Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Southeast Queensland

for DESTRUCTIVE WINDS and LARGE HAILSTONES

For people in Noosa and parts of Gympie and South Burnett Council Areas.

Weather Situation: Very dangerous thunderstorms southwest of Gympie and Proston are expected to continue their northeast track. Very large hail and destructive winds are expected within the core of these cells.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 1:50 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area southwest of Gympie, the area south of Gympie, the ranges between Gympie and Murgon, Amamoor and the ranges north of Jandowae. These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Gympie by 2:15 pm and Rainbow Beach, Wide Bay, Inskip and Inskip Point by 2:50 pm.

Destructive winds and large hailstones are likely.

Tennis ball size hail (up to 7cm) was reported at Kumbia around midday.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services 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 2:55 pm.

LATEST | A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for destructive winds and large hailstones for people in parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

A very dangerous thunderstorm southeast of Murgon is expected to continue its northeast track towards Gympie. Another very dangerous thunderstorm northeast of Chinchilla is expected to continue intensifying as it moves towards Proston and Biggenden. Very large hail is expected within the core of these cells.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones over the next several hours in the Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Maranoa and Warrego and Darling Downs districts. Locations which may be affected include Dalby, Monto, Bundaberg, Goondiwindi, Miles, Moonie, Taroom and Tara.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce destructive winds and very large hailstones over the next several hours in parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts. Locations which may be affected include Gympie, Kingaroy, Hervey Bay, Cherbourg, Gayndah, Maryborough, Rainbow Beach and Tiaro.

Tennis ball size hail (up to 7cm) was reported at Kumbia around midday.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services 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 4:30 pm.

Meantime three people have been taken to Kingaroy Hospital in stable conditions with multiple cuts and abrasions sustained after hail smashed windows in their vehicle earlier at Coolabunia.

LATEST | A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for destructive winds and large hailstones for people in parts of Gympie, Somerset, Western Downs and South Burnett Council Areas.

A very dangerous thunderstorm northeast of Kingaroy is expected to continue its northeast track towards Gympie. Another developing thunderstorm northeast of Chinchilla is also expected to intensify further as it moves towards Cherboug and Gayndah. Very large hail is expected within the core of these cells.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 1:00 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area northeast of Kingaroy, the area north of Nanango and the area between Nanango and Goomeri.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect the ranges between Gympie and Murgon, Elgin Vale, the area northwest of Jimna and the area east of Murgon by 1:30 pm and Gympie, the area southwest of Gympie, the area south of Gympie and the area northwest of Gympie by 2:00 pm.

Destructive winds and large hailstones are likely.

Tennis ball size hail (up to 7cm) was reported at Kumbia around midday.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services 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 2:00 pm.

LATEST | A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for damaging winds and large hailstones remains current for people in Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of Central Highlands and Coalfields, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

A very dangerous thunderstorm northeast of Kingaroy is expected to continue its northeast track towards Gympie. Another developing thunderstorm northeast of Chinchilla is also expected to intensify further as it moves towards Cherboug and Gayndah. Very large hail is expected within the core of these cells.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones over the next several hours in the Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts. Locations which may be affected include Dalby, Maroochydore, Kingaroy, Noosa Heads, Hervey Bay, Cherbourg, Nanango and Rainbow Beach.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce destructive winds and very large hailstones over the next several hours in parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts. Locations which may be affected include Gympie, Cherbourg, Gayndah, Maryborough, Nanango, Rainbow Beach, Tiaro and areas northeast of Chinchilla.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Maranoa and Warrego district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

Tennis ball size hail (up to 7cm) was reported at Kumbia around midday.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services 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 3:55 pm.

UPDATE | Very large hail (larger than golf balls) is likely within the core of this thunderstorm currently located southwest of Kingaroy. 

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 12:25 pm, a very dangerous thunderstorm was detected on the weather radar near the area southwest of Kingaroy.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast. This very dangerous thunderstorm is forecast to affect Kingaroy, Wondai and the area north of Kingaroy by 1:00 pm and the area northeast of Kingaroy, Cherbourg and Goomeri by 1:30 pm.

Destructive winds and large hailstones are likely.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services 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 1:30 pm.

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

EARLIER | A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for damaging winds and large hailstones has just been issued for people in parts of Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Dalby, Gympie, Kingaroy, Cooroy, Nambour and Nanango.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services 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 2:05 pm.

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