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Severe storms pass over parts of the Sunshine Coast, Gympie and Noosa


Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Southeast Queensland for DAMAGING WINDS, LARGE HAILSTONES and HEAVY RAINFALL

For people in Ipswich and parts of Gympie, Logan, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Brisbane City Council Areas.

Issued at 4:43 pm Tuesday, 17 November 2020.

Weather Situation:

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:40 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Gympie, the area southeast of Gympie, Harrisville and Mapleton. These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast. They are forecast to affect Boonah, the area east of Gympie and Kin Kin by 5:10 pm and Ipswich, the area north of Noosa Heads and the area northeast of Gympie by 5:40 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.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5:45 pm.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast districts.
(Photo: Bureau of Meteorology.)