Storms hit Ipswich and Lockyer Valley

MARBLE-sized hail fell on Gatton on Tuesday afternoon as a system of storms swept through the Lockyer Valley and Ipswich.

Lockyer Valley mayor Steve Jones said no emergency calls had been made after the storm.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe storm warning, with golf ball-sized hail reported in the Gatton area.

Ipswich, Somerset, Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley residents were issued with a severe weather warning for Tuesday afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned at 4.15pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the area south-west of Esk, Moore, the area north of Woodford and the area north of Kilkivan.

They were forecast to affect Gatton, Woodford and the ranges south of Jimna by 4.45pm and Caboolture, the area west of Esk, Mount Mee and Wamuran by 5.15pm.


2PM: Ipswich, Somerset, Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley residents have been issued a severe weather warning for this afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that at 4.15 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the area south-west of Esk, Moore, the area north of Woodford and the area north of Kilkivan.

They are forecast to affect Gatton, Woodford and the ranges south of Jimna by 4.45 pm and Caboolture, the area west of Esk, Mount Mee and Wamuran by 5.15 pm.

Emergency Management Queensland advises people should move your car under cover or away from trees, secure loose outdoor items, avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters, seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees, avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm and beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5.15 pm.


12PM: SEVERE thunderstorms carrying large hail are expected to hit Ipswich this afternoon as the region faces another sweltering day.

The temperature is currently 31.5 degrees, with a maximum of 36 predicted for this afternoon.

A storm cell is expected to develop early this afternoon over the eastern Darling Downs, and is predicted to head west over Ipswich.

Bureau of Meteorology weatherman Brett Harrison said the storms could bring large hail and strong wind gusts to Ipswich.

"There is a good chance the thunder storms will be severe with strong wind gusts and large hail all possibilities," he said.

Ipswich has had no let up in hot weather after yesterday reached a peak of 39.2 degrees.

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