Tuesday 1.50pm: Gympie is in the line of fire as a severe storm approaches the region.
Tuesday 1.50pm: Gympie is in the line of fire as a severe storm approaches the region. Contributed

UPDATE: North Gympie gets 77mm in one hour

UPDATE Wednesday 7am:

MORE showers and possible thunder storms are on the cards today after a heavy rain band inundated parts of Gympie yesterday afternoon leaving more than 1900 homes without power across the region.

Heavy and fast downfalls were recorded in the region's north and western areas as a slow-moving electrical system wet the entire region.

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UPDATE Tuesday 3pm:

CLOSE to 80mm has fallen on the north Gympie region in the past hour following a heavy rain system that passed through the area.

Sexton received 77mm in one hour up until 1.45pm, while Glenwood recorded 47mm, Brooyar 31mm and Tiaro 24mm up until 3pm today.

Gympie has so far received 7.4mm.

A severe storm warning issued just before 2pm by the Bureau of Meteorology in the Gympie region has now been cancelled.

UPDATE: 1.40pm Tuesday

THE Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 1:40 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Gympie.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast.

They are forecast to affect the area east of Gympie and the area northeast of Gympie by 2:20 pm and the area southeast of Gympie and Kin Kin by 2:50 pm.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

Up to 74mm in 1 hour to 1:45pm was recorded at Sexton, north of Gympie.

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.

HEADS UP: A slow-moving  weather system heading to the Gympie region could bring heavy rain, hail and destructive winds.
HEADS UP: A slow-moving weather system heading to the Gympie region could bring heavy rain, hail and destructive winds. Contributed.

EARLIER: 12pm Tuesday

SEVERE storms with heavy rain, damaging winds and hail could weave a destructive path through Gympie this afternoon.

A large system that is sitting to the west, is heading towards the Gympie region and is likely to bring widespread rain of between 10-30mm to the region.

Patches of the slow-moving storm cells could drop up to 50mm in one heavy hit in some areas, forecaster Adam Blazak said, resulting in flash flooding.

There is no official severe storm warning from the Bureau of Meteorology yet, but showers and storms this afternoon have the potential of possibly being severe, BoM forecaster Adam Blazak said.

"If you are underneath the rainfall it's going to fall very heavily in a short period of time.

"There's a chance of seeing localised flash flooding.”

The slow-moving cells are predicted to hit Gympie some time after lunch as they make their way towards the coast by the evening.

Bureau of Meteorology signature radars showed large hail hitting Kingaroy, but this has not been confirmed by residents.

The forecaster said the slow-moving nature of the system meant the severity would be hit and miss.

He urged residents to keep an eye out for warnings in the area.

More information as conditions change.

Gympie Times


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