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Severe thunderstorm warning for Wide Bay and Burnett

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A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Wide Bay and Burnett, with damaging winds and large hail expected to hit the region this afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the storms are beginning to develop and will impact the area into the evening.

Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Gympie, Kingaroy, Goondiwindi and Gatton.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should move their car under cover or away from trees, secure loose outdoor items, seek shelter and avoid using the telephone.

Locals are being reminded to be aware of fallen trees and powerlines.

For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5:25pm.