Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Central Highlands and Coalfields Forecast District.

Issued at 12:47 am Thursday, 24 February 2022.

Heavy thunderstorm near Emerald, moving east.

Weather Situation: A trough associated with an upper level low pressure system is causing moist and unstable conditions across central Queensland.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Emerald and Comet.

51 mm in an hour to 11:45 pm at Borilla Creek (SW of Emerald).

74 km/h wind gust at Emerald Airport at 12:14 am.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises 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.