STATE Emergency Service workers are closely watching storms track east towards the Coast this afternoon in case the weather becomes treacherous.
North Coast regional manager Merrick Ilett said it appeared the Sunshine Coast may not bear the main brunt of widespread storm activity.
"This is looking like the principal intense activity is to the south of us and a little to the west of us," Mr Ilett said.
He expected storm activity to reach the Coast this afternoon and the Wide Bay and Burnett region this evening.
"People are on standby and call to be activated if required."
4 PM Storms smash Ipswich and continue to roll towards coast
AFTERNOON storms have ripped through Ipswich and are moving east through Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:05 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Beenleigh, Upper Brookfield, Mount Nebo, Highvale, the NSW border and Wacol.
hey are forecast to affect Brisbane CBD, Logan City, Albany Creek and Boondall by 4:35 pm and Cleveland, southern waters of Moreton Bay, Amity Point and Mud Island by 5:05 pm.
Damaging winds are likely.
2.30 PM Severe storm warning issued for entire south east corner
A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for all of south east Queensland by the Bureau of Meteorology.
The Bureau's warning was issued at 2.30pm and warns of the likelihood of damaging winds and possible small hail from the Sunshine coast, west to Dalby and south to north east NSW.
Ipswich, Beaudesert, and surrounds were expected to take a serious pounding after weather radar detected severe storms heading west from Laidley, Mulgowie and Casino in NSW.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises 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.
INITIAL REPORT: THE Gympie region could be in for some showers and storms later today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) with a chance of getting a severe storm today.
A strong wind warning has already been issued for waters off the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, and a severe storm warning has been issued for New South Wales.
Winds are north to north-westerly 15-20kmh but should ease off this evening.
A trough in the east is generating the warm, humid northerly winds, showers and storms.
Gympie is expected to get to a warm 33 degrees today (Thursday) and about 29 degrees tomorrow (Friday).
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