A severe weather warning has been issued for various parts of Queensland today with the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) forecasting heavy downpours, potential flooding and wild winds.
Fraser Island and some areas in the northern parts of Townsville bore the brunt of the rainfall overnight with the rain gauge recording above 120mm in various parts, though the system travelled off to the sea this morning.
Authorities have warned that current weather conditions could cause flash-floods and that Queenslanders should stay vigilant.
“The system that we had feared would move across the coast has instead moved further away and continues to drift,” said Deputy Premier Steven Miles.
A total of 11 people were brought to safety after getting stranded in Byfield National Park overnight after a creek swelled.
Several areas near Ingham also witnessed rainfall above 100mm in the 24 hours leading to today morning, with Cardwell Range receiving 122mm as Gairloch and Ingham Depot topped at 120mm.
“We expect the weather situation to continue to ease but it will continue to be wet, particularly along the south-east coast,” Mr Miles said.
The BoM has sent a stern warning to residents of Queensland not to be complacent because the continuing soggy weather means some places will experience flash-flooding.
The weather conditions are being triggered by a subtropical low that developed off Fraser Island and currently rests 90km east off the coast.
Motorists driving from the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast to Brisbane have been urged to drive carefully.
A flood warning has been issued for coastal catchments situated between St Lawrence and the Queensland/NSW border, extending to parts of the Darling Downs.
“This is due to the fact that there are several saturated catchments around south-east Queensland so although the heavy rain risk has began to ease, a lot of catchments may still overflow,” a BoM spokesman said.
The BoM has issued a hazardous surf warning for most parts of the Queensland coast.
Gale force wind is set to hit the Fraser, Gold and Sunshine coasts, while other areas including Moreton Bay, Hervey Bay and Capricorn Coast should brace for strong winds.
Minor flood alerts have been issued for various parts including Balonne, Condamine and Moonie Rivers with a moderate flood warning remaining for the Weir River.
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