Giant hail and destructive winds are possible for hinterland and rural communities north of Brisbane in the firing line of a “very dangerous” thunderstorm this evening.
@BOM_qld: Severe #QldStorms with large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain are likely across #SEQLD
It is one of multiple storm cells crossing south-east Queensland on Saturday.
The latest severe thunderstorm warning from the Bureau of Meteorology said the “very dangerous” storm cell had been detected on the radar near Kenilworth and would affect the community of Amamoor, south of Gympie.
“Destructive winds and giant hail are possible with this storm,” the warning stated.
The same cell earlier passed over Maleny, Conondale, Mapleton, and Yandina on the Sunshine Coast.
Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area west of Toogoolawah and Nimbin.
They are forecast to affect the area south of Kingaroy and Coolangatta and Kingaroy.
Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely with these storms.
Already today BOM said hail measuring up to 4 centimetres was recorded at Urbenville, just south of the Queensland border.
Smaller hail has also been reported west of Toowoomba and in the Upper Lockyer.
BOM warns of ‘very isolated severe thunderstorms’
Earlier today, BOM senior forecaster Michelle Berry said Saturday afternoon was a good time to keep an eye on the radar.
“There is a trough moving into the south-eastern interior. At the same time, there is also a coastal wind change that will move up the coast late tonight,” she said.
“All of that leads to very unstable conditions. Combined with a lot of humidity, we are expecting those storms to develop … particularly into the afternoon hours.
“Everywhere really — eastern Darling Downs, into South Burnett and all the way through to the coast.
“We are anticipating some chance of severe thunderstorm activity today, areas including Toowoomba, Warwick, Beaudesert, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Brisbane Valley and also of course the Gold Coast-Brisbane area and Sunshine Coast later on today.”
Ms Berry said south-eastern areas from the Gold Coast, west to Toowoomba and north to Kingaroy and the adjacent coastal areas were likely to be impacted, moving toward the coast from the west south-west, reaching the coast by late afternoon or early evening.
“We’re talking about damaging wind gusts, the potential for some very heavy rainfall and also large hail.
“We could even see some very isolated severe thunderstorms that could have giant hail, which is greater than 5 centimetres, or locally destructive wind gusts as well.”