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Severe thunderstorm warning for Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie


Severe thunderstorms, large hail and damaging winds are forecast for Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2.10 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area southeast of Gympie.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast.

They are forecast to affect Cooran by 2.40pm and the area northwest of Noosa Heads, Pomona and Kin Kin by 3.10pm.

The weather bureau says an active trough extends north into southeast Queensland from a cold front along the east coast.

“The trough will combine with a strong winds associated with an upper trough leading to the development of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening,” the weather bureau reports.

“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.”

Locations which may be affected include Maroochydore, Gympie, Caboolture, Hervey Bay, Cherbourg and Redcliffe.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

* Move your car under cover or away from trees.

* Secure loose outdoor items.

* 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.