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Emergency Management Queensland - severe weather advice as at 5.45pm


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

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) is urging residents located near Brisbane City and parts of Logan City, Gympie, Moreton Bay, Ipswich City, Sunshine Coast and Somerset Council areas to take care with very dangerous thunderstorms predicted for this evening.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 5:35 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Ipswich, Redbank Plains, Amberley and Wacol. These thunderstorms are moving towards the north to northeast.

Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Brisbane CBD, Nudgee, Samford and Aspley by 6:05 pm and Strathpine, Redcliffe, Deception Bay waters and Beachmere by 6:35 pm. They are also forecast to affect Toolara, Double Is Point, Rainbow Beach and Wide Bay by 6:35 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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