Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and parts of Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Maranoa and Warrego and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

Issued at 2:48 pm Thursday, 11 October 2018.

Weather Situation: Very dangerous thunderstorms southwest of Kilkivan and Rainbow Beach are expected to continue their northeast track. Very large hail and destructive winds are expected within the core of these cells. A recently developed thunderstorm northwest of Miles is expected to intensify and produce similar conditions as it tracks northeast over the next few hours.
Severe thunderstorms are developing across the southern Darling Downs. Forecast to develop and extend north during the afternoon.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones over the next several hours in the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Maranoa and Warrego and Southeast Coast districts. Locations which may be affected include Dalby, Gympie, Bundaberg, Goondiwindi, Kingaroy, Tara and Moonie.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce destructive winds and very large hailstones over the next several hours in parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts. Locations which may be affected include Hervey Bay, Cherbourg, Gayndah, Maryborough, Mundubbera, Gin Gin, Rainbow Beach and Tiaro.

-Tennis ball size hail (up to 7cm) was reported at Kumbia around midday.

- 4 to 5cm hail reported between Proston and Murgon

- 3 to 5cm hail reported at and near Gympie

- Vast property and vegetation damage across all affected towns

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.