Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

Issued at 12:35 pm Wednesday, 9 March 2022.

Severe thunderstorms capable of heavy rainfall and damaging winds expected to become more numerous in next few hours.

Weather Situation: A moist airmass with moderate to strong instability is in place over southeast Queensland to the east of a surface trough, combined with strong wind flow and dry air in the middle levels of the atmosphere will support scattered severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and heavy rainfall.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Maroochydore, Gympie, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Kingaroy, Calliope, Cooroy, Mount Morgan, Nambour, Nanango and Rainbow Beach.

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.