Severe storms to sweep through southern Queensland

RACQ has warned motorists to check conditions before hitting the road, with severe thunderstorms expected to move through southern Queensland today.

The Bureau of Meterology predicted storms with damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain were likely to affect the Darling Downs, Maranoa, Warrago districts, central and southeast Queensland this afternoon.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross urged drivers to check weather and road conditions before leaving home.

“Roads may become very slippery, so it’s crucial you slow down and increase the distance between you and the car in front,” Ms Ross said.

"Heavy rain can also cause flash flooding, so don’t take any chances with flooded roads. If it’s flooded, forget it.”

Ms Ross said residents should also secure any loose items around their yards and move their vehicles undercover to protect their property.

“If you have any loose items in your yard, like trampolines or outdoor furniture, or your car is parked on the street, now is the time to secure it,” Ms Ross said.

“If the wind picks up, unsecured items can quickly turn into projectiles and go flying into your home or your neighbour’s, causing major damage.”

For more information on how to prepare for a storm, visit RACQ.com.