South-west braces for strong winds, thunderstorms
RESIDENTS from the Maranoa and Darling Downs should prepare for strong winds and thunderstorms on Wednesday night and heading through to Thursday.
The Bureau of Meteorology has been tracking a frontal system that should enter south-west Queensland later this evening, bring northerly winds between 25-40km/hour.
Meteorologist Lauren Pattie said most of the south of Queensland would be affecting from tonight until the start of the weekend.
"We're getting the top edge of that frontal system, so we're expecting some windy conditions," she said.
"Behind it, we have cool dryer air coming through so it's a fairly fast-moving system.
"We are expecting some gusty thunderstorms and some rainfall.
"We have some northerly winds that will start to pick up, and as that passes it will swing around and still be fairly strong.
"Through Friday, the wind will start to ease off in the western parts of the state."
Authorities are urging people to take the necessary precautions when dealing with storms, which includes tying down loose objects and placing cars under shelter.