Thunderstorm warnings for Saturday November 17

Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Southeast Queensland for DAMAGING WINDS and LARGE HAILSTONES

For people in parts of Ipswich, Logan, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay Council Areas.

Severe thunderstorms continuing over inland southeast Queensland.

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Weather Situation:

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:10 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Esk, the area northwest of Esk, Mount Barney and Mulgowie. These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast. They are forecast to affect Laidley, Gatton and Lake Somerset by 3:45 pm and Beaudesert, the area between Boonah and Beaudesert and Mount Nebo by 4:15 pm.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 4:10 pm.

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

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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