WARNING: Heavy rain, flooding, storms

Storm warning for Burnett region. PICTURE: The Bureau

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning for severe thunderstorms in the Burnett area.

A trough moving across southeast Queensland this afternoon, 4 March, is triggering severe thunderstorms, aided by a weak upper trough.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce isolated areas of heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Dalby, Kingaroy, Oakey, Pittsworth, Imbil and Nanango.

Emergency services advise people to:

* Park your car undercover away from trees.

* Close doors and windows.

* Keep asthma medications close by. Storms and wind can trigger asthma attacks.

* Charge mobile phones and power banks in case the power goes out.

* Put your pets somewhere safe and make sure they can be identified in case they get lost.

* Do not drive now unless you have to because conditions are dangerous.

* Tell friends, family and neighbours in the area.

* Go inside a strong building now. Stay inside until the storm has passed.