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Severe weather warning advice as at 7.30pm


The Bureau of Meteorology has requested that transmitters serving the area between Oakey and Yarraman USE THE STANDARD EMERGENCY WARNING SIGNAL before broadcasting its latest advice:

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) is urging residents located near Somerset and parts of Brisbane City, Lockyer Valley, Moreton Bay, Ipswich City, South Burnett and Toowoomba to take care with very dangerous thunderstoms predicted for this evening.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns at 7.15 pm very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the area between Crows Nest and Cooyar.
These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Blackbutt, Yarraman and the area north of Cooyar by 7.45 pm and the area west of Kilcoy, Moore, Linville, Nanango and the area east of Nanango by 8.15 pm.

Other severe thunderstorms were located near Gatton, Grantham, Hampton and the area north of Gatton. They are forecast to affect the area south of Esk, the area southwest of Esk, the area west of Esk and Hatton Vale by 7.45 pm and Esk, the area northwest of Esk, Fernvale, southern Lake Wivenhoe, northern Lake Wivenhoe and Toogoolawah by 8.15 pm.

Destructive winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

EMQ wishes to advise residents to:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.

* Secure loose outdoor items.

* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.

* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.

* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

Residents are reminded to call the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 for emergency assistance relating to storm damage. For life threatening emergencies, they should call Triple Zero (000).

Contact for media enquiries: DCS media unit on (07) 3635 3310.

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