STORM ALERT: 150km cell heads north after SEQ soaked
A SEVERE thunderstorm stretching more than 150km in length, and which has already struck a huge swathe of south-east Queensland, has now struck Noosa and Gympie as it headed north.
The Bureau of Meteorology expected the storm to hit Noosa Heads at 8.20pm, before hitting Gympie and surrounding areas 30 minutes later.
The BOM warns winds and heavy rainfall could cause flash flooding in some areas.
The warning was for those in the Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gympie, Somerset, South Burnett and Cherbourg council areas.
At 8.51pm, the BOM confirmed the severe thunderstorms were still affecting the Gympie and South Burnett council areas, and heading further north.
They were expected to strike north of Goomeri and north-east of Lake Boondooma at 8.55pm before hitting areas south of Biggenden by 9.25pm
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Damaging winds 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.
VIOLENT thunderstorms have begun striking parts of south-east Queensland, including Caboolture, Kilcoy and Kingaroy.
The storms are moving towards the north east, and are expected to hit the Sunshine Coast at 7.35pm, affecting Maroochydore, Caloundra, along with areas north-east of Kingaroy.
Noosa heads, Gympie and areas south-east of Gympie will be hit closer to 8.05pm.
Already those in the storm's path have told of the sound and fury of the cell.
Justyne Crawford wrote on Facebook that in Kenilworth, the storm "sounds like a truck coming".\.
The next warning is due to be issued by 8:20 pm.
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WHAT YOU'RE TELLING US:
Jase Bowring: Caboolture getting hit now. Lots of lightning and rain. Wind isnt too bad. Stay safe all!
Chris Stockley Some reasonable rain and an awesome light show but that was it. No big winds or hail at Bribie
Justyne Crawford Just starting to get wild in Kenilworth... Clouds were swirling :/ and sounds like a truck coming
Rebecca Jane Continual lightening in Buderim but not much thunder at all.... No rain.
Carolyn Oakes Lots of rain at beerwah some lighting and grumbling
Peter Foley nice light show but no wind or rain yet in Mooloolaba
A GIANT red blob stretching from Kingaroy down to Ipswich is heading east, with those on the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, and in Brisbane and Logan urged to prepare for a violent storm.
The latest update from the Bureau of Meteorology warns that Caboolture, Redcliffe, Kingaroy and Conondale will be hit by the storm at 7.05pm.
From there, it will be Caloundra, Gympie and parts of the greater Sunshine Coast by 7.35pm.
The BOM is warning people For people in the Somerset, Redland City, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane City, Moreton Bay and parts of the Ipswich, Gympie, Logan, South Burnett, Toowoomba and Noosa Council Areas.
A more general storm warning has been released for the Wide Bay and Burnet, and South-east coast districts.
"UPDATE 5:50PM: THE area due to be affected by a second dangerous storm has expanded, with Toowoomba and surrounds also in the warning zone as of 5.25pm.
Cities and towns across the south-east have been struck by the two storms this afternoon, which brought rain, wind and hail.
"The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 5:25 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Grantham, Murphy's Creek, Moogerah, Cunninghams Gap, Helidon and the area south of Helidon. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to northeast. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Boonah, Laidley, Gatton, the area south of Esk, the area southwest of Esk and the area west of Esk by 5:55 pm and Ipswich, Beaudesert, Esk, the area northwest of Esk, Somerset Dam and Toogoolawah by 6:25 pm, the latest BOM warning said.
"Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Brisbane CBD, Brisbane Airport, Nudgee, Samford, Aspley and Albany Creek. They are forecast to affect Cleveland, Strathpine, Redcliffe, northern Moreton Bay, Deception Bay waters and Beachmere by 5:55 pm and Tangalooma, northern Moreton Island, Bribie Island, Comboyuro Point, Cape Moreton and waters off Bribie Island by 6:25 pm."
UPDATE 5:09pm: TWIN dangerous thunderstorms are threatening south east Queensland this afternoon.
BOM's latest warning shows a second storm heading towards Ipswich, Logan and surrounding areas, even as the first storm still lashes the area.
"These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to northeast. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Brisbane CBD, Logan City, Laidley, Fernvale, Enoggera Reservoir and Mount Nebo by 5:25 pm and Boonah, Cleveland, Strathpine, the area between Boonah and Beaudesert, Lake Samsonvale and Kallangur by 5:55 pm," the warning said.
UPDATE: BOM has issued a new warning about this afternoon's storm as it lashes Ipswich and surrounding areas.
The storm is now expected to move north-east and hit Brisbane and its outlying suburbs.
"These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Beenleigh, Logan City, Woodridge, Mount Cotton, Sunnybank Hills and Archerfield by 4:55 pm and Brisbane CBD, Cleveland, Manly, Wynnum, southern waters of Moreton Bay and Brisbane Airport by 5:25 pm," BOM's warning said.
Weather warnings are also in place for the Darling Downs as well as northern NSW.
EARLIER: SOUTH east Queensland has been warned of yet another dangerous thunderstorm.
Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Ipswich, Scenic Rim and Logan areas about 3.55pm on Saturday.
The storm lashed Ipswich from about 4.30pm, bringing with it heavy rain and wind.
"The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:55 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Rathdowney, Maroon Dam, Laravale and Kooralbyn," the warning said.
"These thunderstorms are moving towards the north. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Boonah, Beaudesert and the area between Boonah and Beaudesert by 4:25 pm and Jimboomba, Harrisville, Peak Crossing, Bundamba Lagoon and Greenbank by 4:55 pm.
"Destructive winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely."