SOUTH Burnett residents are urged to be cautious as severe thunderstorm warnings are being released for the region.
SOUTH Burnett residents are urged to be cautious as severe thunderstorm warnings are being released for the region. Michael Nolan

Severe thunderstorm headed for the Burnett

SOUTH Burnett residents are urged to be cautious as severe thunderstorm warnings are being released for the region.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that at 4pm severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area south of Gympie, Toolara Forest and the area south of Lake Boondooma.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast and are forecast to affect Gympie, the area east of Gympie and the area northeast of Gympie by 4.30pm.

The regions south of Gayndah, Goomboorian and Inskip Point are predicted to see the worst of the storm at around 5pm.

Damaging winds, large hailstones, and heavy rainfall are likely, which may lead to flash flooding.

Locations which may be affected include Kingaroy, Maroochydore, Gympie, Ipswich, Jimboomba and Mount Tamborine.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advise people to move their cars under cover and away from trees, secure any loose outdoor items and be aware of fallen trees and powerlines.

People are reminded to never drive, walk or ride through flood waters, as if it's flooded, forget it.

Residents in the affected area are urged to seek shelter, preferably indoors, and never under trees.

For any emergency assistance, people are urged to contact the SES on 132 500.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning has also been issued for the Southeast Coast and parts of the Wide Bay, Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.

South Burnett

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