Severe storms could dampen Queensland’s New Year’s Eve celebrations
Severe storms are rumbling across much of Queensland on New Year's Eve, with the south-east in the firing line for large hail,destructivewinds and heavy rainfall, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.
Thunderstorms have been lashing parts of Southern Downs and Lockyer Valley council areas.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for people in Logan and parts of Ipswich, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Southern Downs, Toowoomba and Brisbane City council areas.
BOM said the severe thunderstorm was likely to affect Boonah, Beaudesert and Canungra, with destructive winds, large to very hailstones and heavy rainfall that may cause to flash flooding.
Another severe thunderstorm warning is current for the south-east coast and parts of Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.
Areas that may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and islands, Kingaroy, Boonah, Beaudesert, Oakey, Caboolture and Caloundra.
Other severe thunderstorms will affect the areas near Esk, Samford, Toogoolawah and Strathpine, as well as the areas west of Kilcoy and Narangba.
BOM forecaster Adam Blazak said the storms in the state's west were severe.
There has been three-centimetre-sized hail reported near Allora and four-centimetre-sized hail near Grantham.
Allora resident Carla Pidgeon said the storm brought plenty of rain with it.
"No idea how much rain as the rain gauge is now on the ground in quite a few pieces," she posted on Facebook.
Mr Blazak said storms were likely to hit Brisbane about 4:00pm or 5:00pm.
There was extensive thunderstorm activity on the Gold Coast and southern border ranges out to Longreach overnight and this morning.
Brisbane's fireworks organiser Max Brunner said it would take more than rain to cancel the shows.
"We will have to monitor that on the evening but if it's just rain, we're absolutely fine to fill the sky with fireworks," he said.
Brisbane City councillor David McLaughlin said the only issue might be the wind.
"They'll [fireworks organisers] be watching it carefully — obviously safety of patrons is the first and highest priority," he said.
"The show will go on regardless of rain — if there's heavy wind, that will be in the hands of the operators to decide whether or not they can proceed but they'll be looking at the wind-monitoring facilities that they have set up."
Public transport is the preferred option of travel, with some very keen new year revellers already having staked out prime viewing spots along the Brisbane River.
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