Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Noosa and parts of Gympie, Somerset, South Burnett and Sunshine Coast Council Areas.

Issued at 1:24 pm Saturday, 30 December 2023.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 1:20 pm, severe thunderstorms likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, damaging winds and large hailstones were detected near Proston, Rainbow Beach and Borumba Dam. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to northeast. They are forecast to affect the area south of Gympie, the area southeast of Gympie and Pomona by 1:50 pm and Noosa Heads, the area north of Noosa Heads and the area east of Gympie by 2:20 pm.

North of Chinchilla observed GIANT HAIL, estimated about 6 cm around 12:30 pm.

Tara observed estimated 4-5 cm hailstones around 10 am.

93 km/h wind gust recorded at Gympie at 11:58 am.

Beerburrum recorded 110 mm of rainfall in the 2 hours to 11:00 am.

Landsborough recorded 67 mm of rainfall in the 30 minutes to 11:15 am.

Wamuran recorded 66 mm of rainfall in 1 hour to 9:19 am.

Cedar Pocket Dam recorded 64 mm in the 1 hour to 1:05 pm.

Eerwah Vale recorded 55 mm of rainfall in the 30 minutes to 12:00 pm.

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.