Bureau warns of severe super cells across region
TOOWOOMBA is set for a season of wild weather including super cells and possible tornadoes as conditions ripen for devastating storms.
While the Lockyer Valley and Somerset regions mop up from a weather event likened to a category three cyclone, Darling Downs residents are urged to get ready.
Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Jess Carey said while super cell storms and tornadoes were relatively rare, they were "not unheard of" across the region.
"Essentially, a super cell needs a number of different things with them all being available at the right time," Mr Carey said.
"There has to be the available moisture, have some layer of instability and the uplift in winds."
Mr Carey said the BOM was feeding off information of storm chasers that touched down in Toowoomba yesterday as predictions of an intense storm system built in the afternoon.
The supercell that tore roofs from houses in Fernvale on Tuesday afternoon formed at Killarney, south of Warwick, with BOM radars tracking the storm east toward the Somerset region.
An incident command centre was established in the ravaged town where six houses were destroyed and more than 100 jobs were logged for help.
Seven homes were moderately damaged, according to the Somerset Regional Council, and more than 50 homes impacted in a minor way.
The weather conditions that slammed the town could form over Toowoomba and the western Darling Downs region in the coming months, Mr Carey said.
"These sorts of cells are not uncommon in southern and central Queensland," he said.
"Tornadoes are relatively uncommon but we have had them in the past.
"We aren't talking about tornado beasts like in the United States as tornadoes in Australia don't tend to last as long."
Mr Carey said conditions today were set to remain cloudy with chances of thunderstorms in the western Darling Downs and Granite Belt area.
SES South Western Regional Manager Robert Bundy said dangerous storms were a reality every year, and residents should be prepared.
"You cannot stop or prevent severe weather events, but we can prepare our homes and family ahead of time and take appropriate actions during the storm," he said.
"Each year we see dangerous storms impact communities in our region, bringing strong winds, hail and flash flooding.
- Today: temps 13-17 degrees, 90% chance of showers
- Friday: temps 13-21 degrees, 30% chance of showers
- Saturday: temps 12-24 degrees, slight chance of showers
- Sunday: temps 13-26, partly cloudy with slight chance of showers