WARNING: Damaging winds, heavy rain forecast

UPDATE: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for people in parts of southeast Queensland.

The affected areas are Gympie, Somerset, Gold Coast, Redland City, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay.

"At 6pm, storms detected on the weather radar near Caloundra, waters off Caloundra, Goomeri, Coomera and Crohamhurst are forecast to affect the ranges between Gympie and Murgon, Landsborough and Palmwoods by 6:35pm and waters off from Gold Coast Seaway and waters off South Stradbroke Island by 7:05pm," a Bureau spokesperson said. 

"Elsewhere conditions are generally easing but locally heavy rain and damaging winds are still expected."

Earlier in an one hour period 105mm fell at Delaneys Creek, 86mm fell at Kobble Creek, 76mm fell at Kallangur and 3cm hail was reported near Oakey.

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

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.