Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Ipswich, Scenic Rim and parts of Logan, Somerset, Southern Downs, Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, Gold Coast and Brisbane City Council Areas.

Issued at 7:56 pm Monday, 25 December 2023.

Severe thunderstorms across the southeast.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 7:50 pm, a VERY DANGEROUS THUNDERSTORM likely to produce large, possibly giant hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding was detected near Laravale and Kooralbyn. This thunderstorm is moving towards the east. It is forecast to affect the McPherson Range and the area south of Canungra by 8:20 pm and Beaudesert, Little Nerang Dam and Canungra by 8:50 pm.

Other severe thunderstorms likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding were detected near Laidley, Gatton and the area northeast of Warwick. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east. They are forecast to affect Rosewood, Hatton Vale and Marburg by 8:20 pm and Ipswich, Boonah and the area between Boonah and Beaudesert by 8:50 pm.

102 km/k wind gust recorded at Wellcamp at 7:01 pm.

96 km/h wind gust recorded at Oakey at 6:52pm.

93 km/h wind gust recorded at Dalby at 6:31pm.

93 km/h wind gust recorded at Toowoomba at 7:06pm.

Emergency services advise people to:
* If you have children make sure they are with you or an adult you trust.
* Stay away from windows if there is giant hail.
* 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.