BoM cancel severe thunderstorm warning for SEQ

LATEST: Severe thunderstorms are no longer affecting the Southeast Queensland area (east of Dalby from Rainbow Beach to Stanthorpe).

The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

 

UPDATE, 8PM: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for people in parts of the Ipswich, Somerset, Dalby, South Burnett, Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley Council Areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 7:35 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the area northwest of Toowoomba and Bell.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east.

They are forecast to affect the area north of Toowoomba, Cooyar and Bunya Mountains by 8:05 pm and Laidley, Gatton and Esk by 8:35 pm.

Damaging winds are likely.

A wind gust of 104km.hr has been observed at Dalby.

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

 

3PM: A large band of storms is headed towards Ipswich and due to arrive in two-to-three hours.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michael Knepp said the storms, currently over Toowoomba, were moving about 50kmh.

"It's hard to say at this stage how serious they will be, but they are already producing quite a lot of lightning," Mr Knepp said. "They are heading straight for Ipswich."

The bureau is yet to put out any official thunderstorm warning for the Ipswich area.

 

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