Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Gulf Country, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, North West and Central West Forecast Districts.

Issued at 5:53 pm Wednesday, 4 March 2020.
Severe thunderstorms with damaging winds moving into the Central West

Weather Situation: Severe thunderstorms were detected on RADAR and satellite imagery in the northwest moving southeast into central Queensland. Deep tropical moisture and strong winds are being drawn into central Queensland as ex-tropical cyclone Esther approaches the southwest of the state.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Longreach, Winton, Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Richmond and Julia Creek.

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.