Severe storms likely for the south-east, BOM says

GLOOMY: A band of thunderstorms swept through south-east Queensland on Sunday afternoon.
GLOOMY: A band of thunderstorms swept through south-east Queensland on Sunday afternoon.

UPDATE 12pm

The weather bureau has issued a severe storm warning for the south-east coast, but predicts areas north and west of Brisbane are most likely to be hit by dangerous weather this afternoon.

Severe thunderstorms are developing and are expected to become stronger later this afternoon.

Over the next several hours, the bureau says areas like Toowoomba, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Kingaroy and Rainbow Beach may see damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rain.

Between five and 20 millimetres of rain is forecast for the Brisbane region as a line of storms approaches from the west.

EARLIER

SEVERE storms are forecast to hit the south-east this afternoon, after weekend weather brought large hail and cut power to thousands of homes.

Dangerous and destructive thunderstorms are possible for large parts of Queensland on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the weather bureau.

Meteorologist James Thompson said the south-east coast district - including the Redlands, Logan and Scenic Rim - was likely to see significant storms as warm and humid air was drawn to the coast.

DANGEROUS WEATHER: Severe storms are likely for the south-east on Tuesday. Image: BOM

DANGEROUS WEATHER: Severe storms are likely for the south-east on Tuesday. Image: BOM

A surface trough, with moist and unstable air on its eastern side, remains over eastern Queensland.

"We're expecting these conditions to continue until Wednesday, then start to ease off," Mr Thompson said.

It comes after large hail and damaging winds wreaked havoc on the south-east on Sunday.

In the Redlands, golf ball-sized hail was reported in some areas, including Victoria Point and Mount Cotton.

About 80,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the region from midday on Sunday to 4pm.

With severe weather continuing, the RSPCA is urging people to keep their pets safe and secure, and make sure they have identification.

"After every storm we end up with reports of lost ... and traumatised animals, many without any identification," RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said.

"Some dogs in particular suffer from what we call storm or firework phobia.

"Often they will sense the storm coming long before humans can, and the noise of the thunder absolutely terrifies them. They then try to escape from areas they normally wouldn't think of leaving."

More to come.

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