Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Central Highlands and Coalfields and Capricornia Forecast Districts.

Issued at 1:28 am Sunday, 24 December 2023.

Severe thunderstorms are moving from the Central Highlands into the Capricornia region.

Weather Situation: A warm and unstable airmass over southeast Queensland is leading to the development of severe thunderstorms early this morning. An approaching upper jet is likely to increase the risk of severe thunderstorm development during the night.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Biloela, Baralaba, Woorabinda, Theodore, Moura and Mount Morgan.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

37mm was recorded in 30 minutes at Upper Bracker Creek to 7:04PM on Saturday.

7cm (Giant) hail observed at Flagstone Creek on Saturday evening.

10cm (Giant) hail observed in Gatton on Saturday evening.

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.