A SEVERE weather warning for heavy rainfall has been issued for parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett – including the Fraser Coast.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued the warning this evening, saying a trough about K’gari (Fraser Island) was producing heavy showers and thunderstorm activity.
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The trough is expected to deepen into a low pressure system near Hervey Bay over the weekend.
“Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is forecast for areas east of Seventeen Seventy, Biggenden, Jimna and Maroochydore,” the Bureau of Meteorology said in a warning posted online.
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“Six-hourly rainfall totals between 100 to 160mm are likely to continue, potentially becoming more extensive later on Saturday. 24-hourly rainfall totals between 200 to 300 mm are possible.
“Locally intense rainfall which may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding is also possible during this period with six-hourly rainfall totals up to 200 mm.
“This is most likely over coastal areas and the hinterland. A separate Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued if very dangerous thunderstorms with intense rainfall are detected,” the warning continued.
Heavy rainfall us currently being experienced near Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach.
“This activity may ease overnight but redevelopment is expected across the warning area into tomorrow, more likely later in the day.”
A Flood Watch is current for Southeast Queensland and Wide Bay and Burnett areas.
You can keep up to date with warnings here: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings.
Locations which may be affected include Maroochydore, Gympie, Bundaberg, Noosa Heads, Hervey Bay and Rainbow Beach.
More than 200mm of rain has been recorded in Tin Can Bay since 9am this morning.
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People are being reminded not to drive, walk or ride through flood waters and to keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
For emergency assistance, contact the SES on 132 500.
You can also access the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Disaster Dashboard and opt-in for regular updates to be sent to your Email and phone.
If it’s flooded, forget it.
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