Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Southeast Coast and Central Highlands and Coalfields Forecast Districts.

Issued at 1:57 pm Thursday, 21 December 2023.

Severe thunderstorms with heavy rainfall have developed over inland parts of the southeast.

Weather Situation: Slow moving severe thunderstorms have developed along a trough in a very humid airmass through inland parts of southeast Queensland this afternoon and are expected to continue throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Stanthorpe, Gatton and Tara.

79.0 mm was recorded in 1 hour to 12:09 pm at Upper Bracker Creek (West of Stanthorpe).

43.0 mm was recorded in 1 hour to 12:40 pm at Dalcouth

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.