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Emergency Management Queensland - severe weather advice as at 6pm

18/11/2012

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

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) is urging residents located near Brisbane City Gympie, Moreton Bay, Ipswich City, Sunshine Coast and Redland City council areas to take care with very dangerous thunderstorms predicted for this evening.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 6:00 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Brisbane CBD, Enoggera, Nudgee and Aspley. These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast.

They are forecast to affect Strathpine, Redcliffe, Rainbow Beach and Wide Bay by 6:30 pm and waters off Bribie Island, Double Is Point, Inskip and Inskip Point by 7:00 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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