Storms for South East Queensland and Moreton Bay Region Tuesday 24 December

The BOM says the convergence of an upper trough in the south-east and surface trough from the west will bring potentially damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones.

The bureau said areas that may be affected included Toowoomba, Beaudesert, Springsure, Carnarvon National Park, Gatton, Jimboomba, Laidley, Lowood and Mount Tamborine.

As the evening progresses into Christmas day areas affected by rain will change.

BOM senior forecaster Gabriel Branescu said rain would start falling later this afternoon, with the heaviest downpours starting in the early evening.

"We are expecting about 20 to 60 millimetres this evening into midnight,"

"Some shower activity will continue into Christmas Day tomorrow in the south-east."

A stronger storm cell over the Gold Coast will bring up to 100 millimetres of rain, before moving north to the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

BOM Storm Warnings for Queensland can be found at http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/

BOM 128k Radar can be accessed here http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR663.loop.shtml

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advised people should:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees
  • Secure loose outdoor items
  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it
  • 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

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