Storm activity around region

YESTERDAY’S storm activity around the region was caused by an upper level trough moving through southern Queensland, a Bureau of Meteorology weather forecaster has said.

Don Gardner from the BOM’s Rockhampton office told The Gympie Times that upper level trough had combined with an “unstable atmosphere” that was more likely to produce storms.

That unstable atmosphere had followed on from unseasonable rains earlier in the month caused by a “major upper system in the west”.

Mr Gardner said yesterday saw some “quite good” storm activity mostly near Kingaroy and north west of Gympie to Rainbow Beach.

While some larger systems faded before they hit the region and others bypassed Gympie completely heading out towards Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach.

In the wake of the storm a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for south-east Queensland.

Emergency Management Queensland urged residents to prepare for potentially damaging storms from Gladstone south to the Gold Coast.

The Bureau said severe thunderstorms were likely to produce very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and hailstones in a broad area, including Rockhampton and Emerald in central Queensland.

Locations, the BOM said may be affected, included Gympie, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Roma, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Emerald, Rockhampton, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe and Goondiwindi.

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