Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Central Coast and Whitsundays Forecast District.

Issued at 1:41 pm Wednesday, 27 December 2023.

Severe thunderstorms are developing inland of Mackay.

Weather Situation: Thunderstorms are developing along the east coast of Queensland in a warm and humid airmass. A weakening upper trough moving into the Tasman Sea may still lead to some of these thunderstorms becoming severe this afternoon and evening.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Eungella.

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.