WARNING: Damaging winds, heavy rain for Burnett

The warning area covers both the North and South Burnett. PHOTO: Bureau of Meteorology

Severe thunderstorms likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding are warned for the next several hours.

At 2.59pm 2 February, the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Kingaroy, Cherbourg, Nanango, Calliope, Gin Gin and Kilcoy.

Slow-moving thunderstorms are developing in a humid and unstable airmass in south east Queensland today. Thunderstorms are expected to continue into the evening before gradually easing.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advise 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.

The next warning is due to be issued by 6pm.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210.