Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Central Coast and Whitsundays and parts of Peninsula, North Tropical Coast and Tablelands, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:27 pm Friday, 17 January 2020.

Severe thunderstorms continue over central and northern Queensland. Thunderstorms with heavy rain over the southeast inland.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones over the next several hours in the Central Coast and Whitsundays and parts of the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Central Highlands and Coalfields and Central West districts. Locations which may be affected include Clermont, Proserpine, Charters Towers, Bowen, Townsville, Moranbah, Collinsville, Hamilton Island and Ayr.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts. Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe, Esk, Gatton, Laidley and Nanango.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds over the next several hours in parts of the Peninsula and North Tropical Coast and Tablelands districts. Locations which may be affected include Cooktown, Wujal Wujal, Daintree Village and Hope Vale.

82mm recorded in an hour at Mt Sylvia alert, southeast of Toowoomba.

85 km/h wind gust recorded at Cooktown at 4:24pm.

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.