IMPORTANT UPDATE: On the edge of the Sunshine Coast, a severe thunderstorm warning with noxious winds, large hail and heavy rainfall was issued.
The weather department warned from 12.50 p.m. that heavy systems had been discovered in front of Mount Beerwah that should reach the suburbs in the hinterland within an hour.
Meteorologist Shane Kennedy told the newspaper on Wednesday morning that the storms were likely to hit the coast this afternoon and into the night.
The bureau’s warning said harmful winds, large hailstones, and heavy rains that could lead to flash floods are likely.
Take action to be safe in severe thunderstorm warning impact zones in southern Queensland in the event of noxious winds and heavy hail. Follow @ QldFES advice. # SQLDweather warnings https://t.co/WE4NwbRMV9 pic.twitter.com/efBuwn4Pql
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose items outdoors.
* Never drive, walk, or drive through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget about it.
* Find shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the phone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and power lines.
* For emergency aid, contact the SES on 132 500.
INITIAL 9:00 am: Storm cells starting in Darling Downs this morning are likely to roll this afternoon, delivering rain again with the possibility of hail and strong winds on the Sunshine Coast.
Meteorologist Shane Kennedy said the coast could see severe thunderstorms from early afternoon through night on Wednesday.
Mr Kennedy said there was a possibility of heavy rains, great hail and noxious winds as the storms struck.
The showers started early Wednesday morning. In some coastal suburbs, including Bundilla and Sippy Downs, nearly 10 mm fell between 3 and 4 a.m.
The storms were expected to hit the region throughout the afternoon before heading out to sea after midnight.
Mr Kennedy said some showers might linger on the coast early Thursday morning, but conditions should clear up pretty quickly on Thursday.
The forecaster for the Bureau of Meteorology said the region could expect falls between 10 and 30 mm on Wednesday, with isolated, heavier spots of 50 to 70 mm being possible.
Mr. Kennedy said the expected area that would be affected by the storm cells extended as far as Gympie and Kingaroy.
After expected storm activity, Kennedy said the region can expect a « cool weekend » with nighttime temperatures dropping.
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