Today (Thursday), the state government asked parents to pick their children up from school early in the northern Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Gympie and Wide Bay regions.

Tomorrow (Friday) all state schools across the entire South East Queensland (SEQ) region will be closed due to dangerous and unpredictable weather.

Schools that can open safely tomorrow, will only be open to children of essential workers.

Non-essential workers are also being encouraged to stay at home tomorrow and keep off the roads with severe storm cells predicted to lash SEQ over the next 48 hours.

“In addition to early collections in those areas today, tomorrow schools across the entire south east region will only be open for children of essential workers,” said Education Minister Grace Grace.

“However, the message is stay off the roads and stay at home unless you really need to be out.

“This weather is of serious concern.

“Please listen into your local media stations and follow BOM warnings so you have all of the latest information, and stay safe.”

For more information on state school closures head to the state government website:

For the latest weather warnings head to the BOM website:

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