Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Ipswich, Scenic Rim and parts of Logan, Somerset, Southern Downs, Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, Gold Coast, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay Council Areas.

Issued at 2:42 pm Friday, 15 March 2019.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:35 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Rathdowney and the NSW border. These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast to southeast. Very dangerous thunderstorms with giant hail, destructive wind gusts and intense rainfall are forecast to affect Laravale, Lamington National Park and the area south of Canungra by 3:35 pm.

Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area southwest of Esk, Pittsworth, Maryvale and the area south of Esk. They are forecast to affect Esk, Millmerran and the D'Aguilar Ranges by 3:10 pm and Ipswich, Boonah and the area southwest of Toowoomba by 3:40 pm. Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

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.