SEVERE STORM WARNING: Winds, giant hailstones

The Bureau has put out a warning for destructive winds and giant hailstones for this afternoon.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of the South Burnett and Cherbourg regions.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued the warning for the very dangerous thunderstorm with dangerous winds and giant hailstones.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2.30pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the Amamoor Range northwest of Kenilworth and the area north of Gympie.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to northeast.

Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect the area southwest of Noosa Heads, Goomboorian and Toolara Forest by 3.00 pm and Rainbow Beach, Wide Bay and Inskip by 3.30 pm.

Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Nambour, Mapleton and Conondale. They are forecast to affect Maroochydore, waters off Maroochydore and the area south of Noosa Heads by 3.00 pm and the area north of Kilkivan by 3.30pm.

Destructive winds and giant 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.

* 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.