UPDATE: Hailstones predicted in next few hours in Bundaberg

UPDATE: For people in the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields and Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Stanthorpe, Maroochydore, Gympie, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Kingaroy and Caboolture.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that 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.

 

 

 

 

BUNDY'S hot and sunny skies are set to give way to a thick, dark cloud.

A Weatherzone spokesman said weather models showed potential storm activity was widespread.

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"There are heaps of storms happening in the state down to New South Wales and even through to Tassie," he said. 

He said there was a good chance the region would get 50-100mm of rain over the next four days, with a "big, fat trough and lots of instability."

He said the trough would be the main trigger for storm activity and it was sitting south but making its way north. 

Storms are estimated to happen around 4pm Friday in the Bundaberg region. 

"They're moving in from the west with damaging gusts and potential for heavy falls," he said. 

"Storms are also moving fast so there may be quick, heavy falls."

He said there was a line from Charleville to Roma to Ipswich and that was where the storms were forming before heading north. 

"This is all probability based so there's a chance it doesn't happen, but that's highly unlikely (that it won't happen)," he said. 

A minimum of 20-50mm of rain is expected in the region between Friday and Saturday. 

He said the "bullseye" for storms would most like be Rockhampton.