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Heavy rain, hail and damaging winds on the way


A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Darling Downs and south east Queensland, with forecasters predicting damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain. 

For people in parts of Ipswich, Somerset, Scenic Rim, South Burnett, Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley Council Areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 1:30 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Boonah, Blackbutt and Murphy's Creek. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast. They are forecast to affect the area north of Toowoomba, Helidon and Haden by 2:00 pm and Gatton, the area between Boonah and Beaudesert and Moore by 2:30 pm.

Damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.

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.

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