QLD Severe Weather Warning: Heavy Rain & Damaging Winds

QLD Severe Weather Warning: Heavy Rain & Damaging Winds
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in the
Wide Bay and Burnett,
Southeast Coast and parts of the
Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:45 pm Friday, 25 January 2013.

Synoptic Situation:
At 4pm EST, Ex Tropical Cyclone Oswald was located over the central interior of Queensland around 100km northeast of Emerald and 160km west northwest of Rockhampton, moving south southeast at around 15 km/h. A trough extends from Ex Tropical Cyclone Oswald to the southern Capricornia coast. The trough and low are expected to continue moving south, reaching southeast districts on Sunday.

Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 100km/h are possible over the Wide Bay and Burnett and northern stretches of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt district today, particularly over higher ground and near the coast. These conditions are expected to extend through remaining areas on and east of the Great Dividing Range and to the New South Wales border over the weekend, particularly Saturday night and Sunday.

Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is expected over the Wide Bay and Burnett district and areas of the Southeast Coast district north of Brisbane for the remainder of today, extending through remaining parts of the Southeast Coast district late tonight or early Saturday. 6 hour rainfall accumulations in excess of 100mm are likely. Areas from Fraser Island to the New South Wales border and west to the Great Dividing Range are likely to be affected, particularly coastal locations and the hinterland. Currently, the heaviest rain is located on radar over the southern Capricornia into far northern parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett district. Areas just south of Rockhampton have recorded 170mm since 9am today.

Water levels on the high tide are likely to exceed the highest tide of the year about coastal and island locations from Burnett Heads to the New South Wales border during Saturday and Sunday. The sea is likely to rise to a level above the normal tide and the exposed beaches will experience damaging waves and flooding of some low lying areas close to the shoreline.

Dangerous surf conditions, with some beach erosion, are expected to develop along the coast from Burnett Heads to the New South Wales border from Saturday, particularly late Sunday and Monday. This includes Hervey Bay and northern parts of Moreton Bay.

Flood Warnings are current for various rivers and streams in these districts, see

A separate Severe Weather Warning is current for the Capricornia and Central Highlands and Coalfields forecast districts.

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.
* Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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