BREAKING: Severe thunderstorms threaten CQ right now
2.20PM: FLASH flooding, heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms threaten Central Queensland right now, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warn.
The severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the Capricornia District at 1.40pm, and includes the areas of Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Gladstone.
#Qldstorm forecast for Thurs: severe storms likely in #NWQld, with damaging to destructive winds possible. Heavy rainfall and flash flooding also a risk for #Capricornia and #WideBay coasts. Latest warnings can be found at https://t.co/ed6yC3joDK pic.twitter.com/5NvVuQoFzZ— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) February 22, 2018
It comes as authorities keep a close watch on the Upper Dawson River, which was earlier today placed on flood watch with levels expected to breach 4.5m tonight.
A large expanse of Central Queensland is already reeling from damaging storms which left thousands without power in Moranbah, caused flash-flooding in Emerald streets and buildings torn to the ground in Bluff.
Read more about the extreme weather event in Moranbah here.
These are just some of the worst-hit areas.
Rockhampton has today felt little reprieve from rainfall as loud thunder clapped over the region around midday.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advise people should:
- 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.