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Weather bureau issues severe storm warning for Wide Bay and Burnett

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned Queenslanders to prepare for a severe storm less than a day after parts of the south-east were devastated by extreme winds and storm conditions.

BoM issued a warning at 3.30pm to residents in parts of Wide Bay and Burnett, warning of severe thunderstorms and damaging winds moving north.

An earlier similar warning for the south-east coast has been cancelled.

Nearly 30,000 homes are still without power after strong winds damaged power lines in yesterday’s electric storm.

Forecaster Sean Fitzgerald said the weather event would bring similar gusts, which yesterday reached more than 100km/h.

“It will probably be similar to yesterday in terms of the effects, it depends on what kind of storm will develop,” he said.

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“There is the chance of some damaging winds like we saw yesterday and also large hail, which is [anything] above two centimetres.

Mr Fitzgerald said the storm will likely be at its worst in the next few hours.

“If you’re near the coast at the moment it’s probably a few hours away, [while] people in Ipswich would probably see it in the next hour or two.

“Places like Toowoomba have storms around now.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised residents to move cars inside, secure loose items, and be aware of falling trees and powerlines.