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QLD Severe T'Storm: Large Hail, Damaging Winds. Laidley, Ipswich, Esk
Southeast QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Large Hail, Damaging Winds
Source: Bureau of Meteorology For people in the LOCKYER VALLEY, IPSWICH CITY, SOUTHERN DOWNS, SCENIC RIM, SOMERSET, TOOWOOMBA and parts of the BRISBANE CITY, LOGAN CITY, MORETON BAY, DALBY and SOUTH BURNETT Council Areas.
Issued at 5:42 am Saturday, 8 October 2011.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 5:45 am, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Toowoomba, the area northwest of Kingaroy and Bell. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east. They are forecast to affect Laidley, Gatton and Kingaroy by 6:15 am and Ipswich, Esk and the area northwest of Esk by 6:45 am.
Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.
A wind gust of 198 km/hr was observed at Oakey at 5:30am
Emergency Management Queensland 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.