QLD Severe Weather Warning: Heavy Rain

QLD Severe Weather Warning: Heavy Rain
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:56 pm Monday, 25 February 2013.

Synoptic Situation:
At 4pm AEST Monday, a slow moving upper low was situated across central Queensland. The upper low is expected to move slowly eastwards and begin weakening from tonight. A surface trough lies offshore of the central and Capricorn coasts and is expected to move west on to the coast late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Another surface trough over southeastern Queensland is expected to weaken during Tuesday.

Areas of HEAVY RAIN, which may lead to flash flooding, are expected east of a line from St Lawrence to Stanthorpe, excluding the Gold Coast region. 24 hour totals of between 100 to 200mm are likely, with locally heavier totals in excess of 200mm possible. Periods of more intense rain may deliver totals in excess of 100mm over a shorter duration of up to 6 hours. Locations which may be affected include Rockhampton, Gladstone, Gympie, Bundaberg, Kingaroy, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, the Sunshine Coast and adjacent hinterland areas, Brisbane, Ipswich, the Lockyer Valley, Toowoomba and the Cunningham Range.

Currently, the heaviest rain is located on radar over the Sunshine Coast and hinterland, extending into the Burnett region and south to Ipswich. In the past six hours highest rainfall totals have included 81mm at Lake MacDonald Dam, 78mm at Peachester, 68mm at Mt Castle and 63mm at Toowoomba.

The focus for heavy rain is expected to contract north into the Wide Bay and Burnett and Capricornia districts during Tuesday.

A Flood Warning is current for coastal rivers and adjacent inland catchments from St Lawrence to the NSW Border.

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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