Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Central West and parts of Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:07 pm Tuesday, 23 February 2021.

Severe thunderstorms in the southeast and Capricornia, gusty thunderstorms about the central interior.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts. Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Kingaroy, Ipswich, Laidley, Lowood and Nanango.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds over the next several hours in the Central West and parts of the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Herbert and Lower Burdekin and Central Highlands and Coalfields districts. Locations which may be affected include Longreach, Winton, Charters Towers, Moranbah, Hughenden and Richmond.

A severe thunderstorm is likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Capricornia district. The area affected is between Gladstone and Biloela.

96 km/h wind gust recorded at Longreach at 3:43pm

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.