« Explosive storms » are forecast for a vast stretch of Queensland spanning nearly 3,000 km.
A severe storm warning is currently active in parts of the Somerset, Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley municipal areas.
Storms with noxious winds, large hailstones, and heavy rains that can cause flash floods are moving east.
It is predicted to hit Toowoomba at 2:10 p.m. and the area northwest of Esk at 2:40 p.m. .
The Bureau of Meteorology calls on people in the « impact zones ». to take action to stay safe.
Take action to be safe in severe thunderstorm warning impact zones in southern Queensland during nasty winds and heavy hail & heavy rain that can lead to flash floods. Follow @ QldFES advice. # SQLDweather warnings https://t.co/WE4NwbRMV9pic.twitter.com/efBuwn4Pql
A more general severe thunderstorm warning also applies to parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields counties, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and the Southeast Coast
The Bureau of Meteorology warns residents of Bamaga at the tip of the state to the southern border to prepare for thunderstorms that could potentially cause hail, severe falls and noxious winds.Shortly before noon, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for parts of the forecasting areas Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and the southeast coast.
Severe thunderstorms are currently occurring in the Darling Downs, which can cause harmful winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that can lead to flash floods. Toowoomba, Dalby, Caboolture, Ipswich, Gatton and Oakey are all in the line of fire.
Sky News chief meteorologist Tom Saunders said Southeast Queensland and eastern NSW had a « late-season storm break ».
« The storm season generally ended in April, but for now, we’re seeing explosive storms in that region, « he said.
» A cold pool of air floating in the air over NSW while surface temperatures are slightly above average, as a result we are seeing an unstable atmosphere that will lead to more thunderstorms on Wednesday . «
Mr Saunders said severe storms were » essentially guaranteed « . in southeast Queensland and northeast NSW on Wednesday with further damaging winds, hail and flash floods.
Heavy storms with heavy rain and hailstones the size of a golf ball shattered the southeast corner on Tuesday evening. More are expected to continue on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, overnight rains peaked at 92 mm north of Toowoomba in Mt. Mowbullan and 79 mm in Forest Hill west of Ipswich.
The southern end of the state felt the brunt of the rain, being gold Coast was 21mm overnight and Wynnum south of Brisbane was 50mm.
But the worst might not be over as more storms are expected today before it finally becomes clear.
« There is still a risk of severe thunderstorms across the southeast, » BOM meteorologist Shane Kennedy said.
« The risk of large hail, noxious gusts of wind and heavy rainfall will continue throughout the evening and should be displaced from the coast overnight, so most of this should happen shortly after midnight and Thursday morning. » ????
At the weekend it will be cold. The lows are expected to be 14 ° C on Friday and even 10 ° C on Monday morning in Brisbane.
« Thunderstorm forecast TOMORROW » Thunderstorms possible in eastern districts (green), but SEVERE thunderstorms are for wind damage, large hail and strong Rain possible (yellow) south of #Mackay and probably (red) south of #Gladstone .Warnings: https://t.co/zgCLsbrixQpic.twitter.com/0cj1Oh1lck
It comes after heavy thunderstorms, which from Monday evening to Swept over parts of Brisbane and the southeast on Tuesday overnight.
The early morning storms, interrupted by 66,000 lightning strikes, strong winds and heavy rain, supplied thousands of households with electricity. Up to 5000 in Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan were still without power hours later.
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