Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Central Highlands and Coalfields and parts of Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central West, Capricornia and Wide Bay and Burnett Forecast Districts.

Issued at 3:51 pm Friday, 12 October 2018.

Weather Situation: Severe storms intensifying to the near south of Emerald.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce destructive winds, very large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia and Wide Bay and Burnett districts. Locations which may be affected include Emerald, Biloela, Blackwater and Carnarvon National Park.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in the Central Highlands and Coalfields and parts of the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central West, Capricornia and Wide Bay and Burnett districts. Locations which may be affected include Emerald, Clermont, Charters Towers and Collinsville.

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.