Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Southeast Coast and Maranoa and Warrego Forecast Districts.

Issued at 8:54 am Saturday, 30 December 2023.

Severe thunderstorms likely to become more extensive across the southeast this morning.

Weather Situation: A weak southeasterly change is linking up with a very moist and unstable airmass to trigger scattered severe thunderstorms across the southeast this morning.

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 Toowoomba, Dalby, Maroochydore, Caboolture, Oakey and Redcliffe.

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.