Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Somerset, Scenic Rim, South Burnett, Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, Gold Coast and Southern Downs Council Areas.

Issued at 6:37 pm Thursday, 18 January 2024.

Heavy rainfall in the southeast, possible damaging winds east of Rathdowney

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 6:30 pm, severe thunderstorms likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds were detected near Boonah, the area northwest of Esk, the area south of the NSW border and Aratula. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to northeast. They are forecast to affect the McPherson Range, Kooralbyn and Moore by 6:45 pm and the area between Boonah and Beaudesert, the area west of Kilcoy and Linville by 7:00 pm.

Dalby recorded 52mm in 1 hour to 5:27pm

Giddi Giddi South recorded 40mm in the 30 minutes to 5:39pm

Spicers Peak recorded 58mm in the 30 minutes to 6:20pm

Eskdale recorded 46m in the 30 minutes to 6:07pm

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.