The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of the possibility of “supercell” storms with destructive winds and giant hail arriving later on Friday.
The bureau issued its first storm warning of the day at 2.40pm, saying towns from the Darling Downs to the Central Highlands could be hit with damaging winds and large hail as an active trough swept over Queensland.
Laster it issued warnings of severer storms approach Dalby and Stanthorpe.
Meteorologist Helen Reid said the storm activity would be a feature of Friday afternoon along the coast right up the Atherton Tablelands.
“There’s a possibility of severe thunderstorms to develop all the way through from Mackay southwards. This would give the possibility of damaging wind gusts, large hail and very heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding so we need to be mindful of that.”
She she said the likelihood of severe storms further south including the south-east region, was higher, warning of of the “possibility of supercell development which would also give rise to the possibility of destructive wind gusts and giant hail”.
She advised residents to keep as up to date as possible with storm warnings throughout the day.
“We all know that thunderstorms have a mind of their own and we need to keep a watchful eye on both the radar and warnings from the bureau.” she said.
However, she said the storm activity was likely to clear in time for a “warm weekend with some dry air and plenty of sunshine”.
Reid said a wide area from the Central Highlands in the north, the Darling Downs and the south-east coast experienced thunderstorms on Thursday.
“We had reports of large hail, wind gusts were over 80 kmh and there was widespread rainfall…of up to 35-40 mm,” Reid said.
The central Queensland town of Blackwater received about 62 mm of rain.
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