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Afternoon thunderstorms to strike parts of south east and Darling Downs

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Intense rain, wild winds and huge hailstones are expected to hit parts of south-east Queensland and the Darling Downs this afternoon.

BOM has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast, Ipswich and the Sunshine Coast, as storm systems develop in the north west and south east of the state.

The latest warning states: “Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in the Southeast Coast and parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.”

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Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Ipswich, Laidley, Lowood and Toowoomba. The slow-moving storms are forecast to affect Beenleigh, Deception Bay waters and Bribie Island by around 3pm.

People in those areas are being told to move their car under cover, secure outdoor items, avoid flood waters, stay indoors, avoid using the phone during a thunderstorm and be careful around fallen trees and powerlines.

For emergency help, call the SES on 132 500