Thunderstorm warning for Wide Bay issued
UPDATE 1.40PM: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones for people in Southeast Coast and parts of Central Highlands and Coalfields and Wide Bay and Burnett Forecast Districts has been issued.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in the Southeast Coast and parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett districts.
Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Fraser Island and Caboolture. Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones over the next several hours in parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields district.
Locations which may be affected include Emerald, Clermont, Capella, Dysart, Bogantungan and Comet.
103mm since 9am recorded at Sippy Downs. 62mm in one hour recorded west of Tewantin. 65mm in one hour recorded at Mt Mee.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
- Move your car under cover or away from trees.
- Secure loose outdoor items.
- Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
- Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
- Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
- Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
UPDATE 11.20AM: THE drain at Targo and Electra Sts has flooded and is spilling water on to the road.
Residents are advised to stay away from the area.
Remember- if it's flooded, forget it.
In just two hours since 9am this morning Bargara has already recorded 66mm, Bucca Weir has received 59mm and Splitters Creek has recorded 55mm.
In town the Bundaberg alert has recorded 34mm while out at Moore Park 35mm has been recorded.
EARLIER: PREDICTED heavy rain has begun to fall across the region, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a flood watch for coastal catchments between Sarina and Brisbane this morning, including the Burnett River.
BOM says minor flooding is possible across the flood watch area today and tomorrow, and people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor latest weather forecasts and warnings.
A trough system and an associated band of showers and storms will continue moving eastwards across the state today, with a clearance from the coast expected early tomorrow.
Catchments are becoming increasingly wet following rainfall over the past week.
BOM is warning that 24-hour rainfall totals of 20-80mm are possible about coastal catchments south of Sarina today, with the highest totals currently expected north of Caboolture.
Isolated heavier falls in the range of 80-180 mm are possible with severe thunderstorms. BOM said severe thunderstorm warnings would be issued during the event as required.
Minor flooding is possible in places across the flood watch area and isolated heavy rainfall may lead to localised flooding.
Rainfall totals and river level rises are expected to be significantly lower than those experienced in the Wide Bay catchments in October, and certainly nothing comparable to the widespread rainfall and flooding seen in Cyclone Debbie.
The flood watch area will be refined as the location of the heaviest rainfall becomes more certain.
Catchments likely to be affected include:
- Burnett River
- Kolan River
- Baffle Creek
- Burrum and Cherwell rivers
- Mary River
- Boyne River
- Calliope River
- Dawson and Don rivers
- Connors, Isaac and Styx rivers and Plane Creek
- Noosa River
- Sunshine Coast rivers and creeks
- Pine and Caboolture rivers
- Upper Brisbane River
- Lower Brisbane River
Click here to view the current flood warnings for Queensland.
Click here for more information on the Flood Watch Service.
Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.
For flood emergency assistance phone the SES on 132 500.
For life threatening emergencies, phone 000 immediately.