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8 February, 2021

Severe thunderstorms predicted for CQ

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) have issued warnings to the public.

By Mel Frykberg

Severe thunderstorms are predicted for Central Queensland this afternoon

QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) have issued warnings to the public in light of possible severe thunderstorms in Central Queensland for Monday afternoon.

A south-easterly wind surge was triggering thunderstorms about the Capricornia region, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said.

“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds over the next several hours in the Capricornia and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields and Wide Bay and Burnett districts,” the BOM said.

“Locations which may be affected include Gladstone, Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Marlborough, Byfield, Calliope, Miriam Vale, Mount Morgan and Seventeen Seventy.

QFES, meanwhile, advised people to move their car under cover or away from trees and to secure loose outdoor items.

They also advised against driving, walking or riding through flood waters, to seek shelter indoors and never under trees, and to avoid using telephones during a thunderstorm.

 “Beware of fallen trees and powerlines,” QFES said.

For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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