Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

Issued at 5:26 pm Thursday, 14 March 2019.

Destructive storms approaching the southern border ranges.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones over the next several hours in parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts. Locations which may be affected include Gympie, Kingaroy, Cherbourg, Kilcoy, Nambour and Nanango.

Severe thunderstorms may produce damaging, locally destructive winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and giant hailstones over the next several hours in parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts. Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Coolangatta, Ipswich, Jimboomba, Laidley and Mount Tamborine.

52mm of rain was observed at Blackbutt earlier this afternoon.

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.