Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Gulf Country and North West Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:59 pm Friday, 26 January 2024.

Severe thunderstorms ongoing in the northwest.

Weather Situation: Severe thunderstorms have developed in a very hot and humid airmass along a trough extending from the remnants of ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Urandangi, Kamilaroi Station, Dajarra, Riversleigh Station and Barkly.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Channel Country district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

96 km/h wind gust recorded at Lake Julius at 4:17 pm

Emergency services advise people to:
* Park your car undercover away from trees.
* Close doors and windows.
* Keep asthma medications close by. Storms and wind can trigger asthma attacks.
* Charge mobile phones and power banks in case the power goes out.
* Put your pets somewhere safe and make sure they can be identified in case they get lost.
* Do not drive now unless you have to because conditions are dangerous.
* Tell friends, family and neighbours in the area.
* Go inside a strong building now. Stay inside until the storm has passed.