Severe thunderstorms are forecast to hit southern Queensland and Moreton Bay Region today Nov. 8

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of southern Queensland for damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

The weather bureau said severe thunderstorms were likely to hit parts of the South East Queensland Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt warning areas.

Weather bureau forecaster Steve Hadley said heavy rain was also possible in the state’s south-east.

“It’s not out of the woods to get some decent rainfall amounts for Brisbane today – anywhere from the state’s southern border to the Capricornia region,” he said.

“Another area of immediate threat for heavy rainfall is Bundaberg.

“It’s a lower risk for Brisbane, but still some potential for some heavy bursts of rainfall over the next 12 hours – this also goes for Gold and Sunshine coasts, Moreton Bay Region and Ipswich area.

“The reason why there is a higher risk of heavy rainfall from the Fraser Coast to higher north to the Capricornia is because of the surface trough that is in the area.”

On Saturday evening, a severe storm swept over Brisbane and surrounding areas, leaving tennis ball-sized hail in parts of the city.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

Move cars under cover or away from trees
Secure loose outdoor items
Avoid driving, walking or riding through floodwaters
Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees
Avoid using the telephone during the thunderstorm
Beware of fallen trees and powerlines

For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500

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