Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Ipswich, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Southern Downs, Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley Council Areas.

Issued at 2:27 pm Friday, 15 March 2019.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:20 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area southwest of Esk, the area west of Esk, Kincora, Cunninghams Gap, Mount Barney and the area south of Esk. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to northeast. They are forecast to affect Pittsworth, Leyburn and Aratula by 2:55 pm and Esk, the area northwest of Esk and Felton by 3:25 pm.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large 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.
* 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.