Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Gympie Council Area.

Issued at 3:27 pm Thursday, 11 October 2018.


Weather Situation: Very dangerous thunderstorms northwest of Kilkivan - expected to continue their northeast track. Very large hail and destructive winds with tornado are expected within the core of these cells.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:25 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the ranges between Gympie and Murgon, Goomeri, Kilkivan and the area north of Goomeri. These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast. They are forecast to affect the area northwest of Gympie and the area north of Kilkivan by 3:55 pm and Bauple, the area north of Gympie and Mount Kanighan by 4:25 pm.

Destructive winds, large hailstones and a tornado are likely.

- TORNADO reported southwest Tansey (northwest of Murgon)

- Tennis ball size hail (up to 7cm) was reported at Kumbia around midday.

- 4 to 5cm hail reported between Proston and Murgon

- 3 to 5cm hail reported at and near Gympie

- Vast property and vegetation damage across all affected towns

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* 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.