SEQ receives severe weather warning
AT 10pm the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for Southeast Queensland.
Severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near the area northwest of Lake Boondooma.
The bureau said these thunderstorms are slow moving but are forecast to affect Boondooma by 10:35 pm.
Very heavy rainfall and flash flooding are likely.
An earlier warning issued to people in parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts is still current.
The Bureau of Meteorology said severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and large hailstones over the next several hours in the Maranoa and Warrego and parts of the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Northwest, Central West, Channel Country and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts. Locations which may be affected include Charleville, Cunnamulla, Bollon, Aramac and Muttaburra.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce very heavy rainfall and flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts. Locations which may be affected include Kingaroy, Wondai, Murgon, Yarraman and Chinchilla.
Before this, the latest severe weather warning from the Bureau of Meteorology was for people in the Cherebourg Shire and parts of Brisbane city, Moreton Bay and South Burnett.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned that, at 7:35 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Deception Bay waters, and near Wondai.
At 4.55pm the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Dalby, South Burnett and Toowoomba regions when severe thunderstorms were detected on a weather radar near the ranges north of Jandowae.
At 1:00pm, the heaviest rain was located east of Bribie Island and near Moreton Island with the highest hourly totals between 40-50mm.
Heavy rainfall has been recorded near the coastal and adjacent inland areas between the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast during the night. The highest rainfall totals to 9am EST today were Lower Springbrook 313mm, Sugarbag Road 287mm, Meridan Way 270mm, Bracken Ridge 265mm, Deception Bay 257mm, Redcliffe 234mm.
Rain and local thunderstorms are also expected in the central and northern areas of the state including:
Scattered showers, tending to rain areas with local thunder, mainly during the afternoon and evening. Moderate to locally heavy falls possible. Light to moderate N to NE winds.
Central Coast and Whitsundays:
Scattered showers and rain areas with local thunder. Moderate falls, locally heavy in thunderstorms. Mostly light NW to NE winds.
Herbert and Lower Burdekin:
Scattered showers, rain areas and isolated thunderstorms. Moderate to heavy falls. Light to moderate NW to NE winds.
The following Watches/Warnings are current:
- Flood warning for coastal rivers and streams from Wide Bay to the NSW border and adjeacent inland catchments
- Flood warning for Dogwood and Yuleba creeks and Balonne River downstream of Cotswold
- Flood warning for the Albert and Logan Rivers
- Flood warning for the Flinders River
- Flood warning for the Maroochy and Mooloolah rivers and Coochin Creek
- Flood warning for the Moonie River
- Flood warning for the upper Mary River
- Flood warning for the Warrego River
- Flood warning for the Weir River
- Flood warning for the western Queensland Rivers
Other flood information includes:
- Wide Bay: Minor flooding continues at Dr May's Crossing on the Elliott River.
Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters and keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
RACQ urges caution on roads
The RACQ has reminded motorists to be patient and take extreme care on the roads with heavy rainfall causing dangerious conditions.
RACQ spokesman Paul Tuner said there were a disproportionate number of vehicles needing to be towed yesterday and the organisation is expected a huge number of callouts again today.
"We have seen hundreds of call outs from motorists who have driven through flooded roads and then been unable to restart their vehicles," Mr Turner said.
"We have consequently had a very high percentage of call outs which needed to be towed. RACQ is a world leader in getting vehicles going again on the roadside at more than 90 percent but yesterday we were forced to tow almost 800 vehicles.
"Apart from the fact that you can lose your life, or your car, and threaten the lives of others, it is damaging to your vehicle to drive through flooded water. Just forget it and wait or find another route."
Mr Turner urged motorists to slow down and drive to the conditions.
"Drivers should also adapt their driving habits in the rain, as stopping distances dramatically increase in the wet," he said.
To ensure a safer journey in the wet, Mr Turner suggested that motorists:
- Slow down and leave at least four seconds distance between their car and the car in front
- Turn the headlights on while driving, but remember to turn them off once they arrive at their destination to avoid a flat battery
- Avoid driving through flooded roads and find a safer alternative route Use the fan or air-conditioner to demist a foggy windscreen
- Avoid driving if it's not essential.
"Wet weather doesn't cause accidents, people do. Slow down in the wet and take care in school zones," Mr Turner said.
Police would like advise the following local roads have been affected by localised flooding or traffic hazzards such as debris.
- Anstead, Kangaroo Gully Road
- Bald Hills, Wyampa Road
- Bardon, Bowman Parade and Cecil Road
- Brendale, Kremzow Road
- Brookfield, Boscombe Road
- Brookfield, Lancing Road
- Brookfield, Green Trees Road
- Bunya, Bunya Road at Hodge Road
- Carina, Fursden Road
- Carina, Gray Street
- Cedar Creek, Halls Road
- Coorparoo, Main St Norman Creek
- Dayboro, Juffs Road at Armstrong Creek
- Dayboro, Kobble Creek Road
- Dayboro, Armstrong Creek Road
- Dayboro, Lees Crossing Road at Armstrong Creek
- Dayboro, Juffs Road West at Armstrong Creek
- Dayboro, Laceys Creek Road
- Dayboro, Cedar Creek Road
- The Gap, Gap Creek Road
- Griffin, Dohles Rocks Road
- Griffin, Henry Road
- Kenmore Hills The Gap, Gap Creek Road
- Kurwongbah, Moore Road
- Larrapinta, Paradise Road
- Lawnton, Leis Parade
- Lawnton, Todds Road
- Mango Hill, Anzac Avenue
- Mango Hill, Chermside Road
- Murrumba Downs, Wagner Road
- Murrumba Downs, Dohles Rocks Road
- Petrie / Joyner, Youngs Crossing Road
- Pinjarra Hills, Pinjarra Road
- Pullenvale, Grandview Road
- Pullenvale, Lancing Road
- Pullenvale, Pinjarra Road
- Rothwell, ANZAC Avenue
- Strathpine, Bells Pocket Road
- Strathpine, Lawnton Pocket Road
- Strathpine, Mott Street
- Toombul, Widdop Street
- Darra, Railway Street
- Drewvale, Illaweena Street
- Dunwich, Petrie Street
- Capalaba West, London Road and New Cleveland Road
- Lytton, Sandy Camp Road
- Carina, Epala Street
- Carina, Preston Road
- Greenbank, Goodna Road
- Larapinta, Paradise Road
- Lota, Whites Road
- Lytton, Sandy Camp Road
- Mount Cotton, Mount Cotton Road
- Mount Cotton, Woodlands Drive
- Norman Park, Hope Street
- Ransome, Rickett Road btw Green Camp Road and Chelsea Road
- Ransome, Molle Road
- Redland Bay, Serpentine Creek Road
- Redland Bay, Double Jump Road near Double Jump Creek
- Redland Bay, School of Arts Road between Habitat Drive and The Boulevard
- Rocklea, Marshall Road
- Sheldon, Avalon Road
- Thornlands, Judanne Court
- Tingalpa, Wynnum Road near Tingalpa and Hemmant Road, inbound lanes closed
- Tingalpa, Manly Road, btw Castlerea Road and New Cleveland Road, inbound lane closed
- Wacol, Wilga Street
- Wynnum West, Kianawah Road at intersection Wynnum Road
South East corner (Logan and Gold Coast)
- The upper reaches of the Albert River is sending a large volume of water downstream and likely to affect the following areas of Cedar Creek, Woolfdene and Wondaroo.
- Arundel, Brisbane Road (Westbound at Marble Arch Place)
- Biddaddaba Creek, Beaudesert-Nerang Road at Biddaddaba
- Beenleigh, George Street and Bourndary Street
- Beaudesert, Biddaddaba Creek Road
- Beaudesert, Nerang-Beaudesert Road
- Beaudesert, Telemon Street
- Beaudesert, McKee Street
- Boyland, Biddaddaba Road
- Boyland, Boyland Road
- Buccan, Dairy Creek Road
- Cainbable, Cainbable Creek Road
- Canungra, Lamington National Park Road
- Canungra, Coburg Road
- Cedar Creek, Plunket Road east of Waterford Tamborine Road
- Cedar Grove, Cedar Grove Road
- Cedar Grove, Cedar Pocket Road
- Coomera, Days Road
- Coomera, Foxwell Road
- Coomera, Amity Road
- Cornubia, Mt Cotton Road
- Eagleby, Fryar Road
- Ferny Glen, Rowe Road
- Flying Fox, Flying Fox Road
- Guanaba, Birds Road
- Helensvale, Siganto Drive near the Thirsty Camel
- Helensvale, Gold Coast Highway (near Country Club Drive)
- Illinbah, Illinbah Road Prices Creek
- Jimboomba, Millstream Road and Mount Lindesay Hwy
- Kingsholme, Upper Ormeau Road
- Logan Central, Wembly Road between Bardon Road and Logan Mwy round-a-bout
- Loganholme, Clarks Road
- Marsden, Tamarind Street
- Marsden, Princess Street
- Marsden, Third Avenue
- Marsden, Kurrajong Drive
- Maudsland, Birds Road
- Maudsland, The Narrow bridge on Guanaba Creek Road
- Merrimac, Highfield Drive
- Mount Tamborine, Gold Course Road
- Mudgeeraba, Springbrook Rd
- Mudgeeraba, Sommerset Road
- Mudgeeraba, Hardys Road
- Mudgeeraba, Summerset Drive
- Mudgeeraba, Gunsynd Drive
- Mundoolan, Mundoolan Road
- Ormeau, Goldmine Road
- Oxenford, Tamborine-Oxenford Road (John Muntz Causeway)
- Park Ridge, Stoney Camp Road
- Robina, Robina Town Centre Drive
- Shailer Park, Shailer Road near the old on ramp south-bound to the Pacific Mwy
- Sarabah, Sarabah Road
- Sarabah, Rymera Road
- Southport, Ada Bell Way
- Surfers Paradise, Palm Avenue
- Surfers Paradise, River Avenue
- Tanah Merah, Murrays Road
- Tanah Merah, Clarks Road
- Tanah Merah, Jalan Road
- Tabaragalba, Beaudesert-Nerang Road
- Tallebudgeeraba, Tallebudgeeraba Connection Road
- Varsity Lakes, Scottsdale Avenue
- Witheren, Upper Coomera Road
- Wolffdene / Luscombe, Beenleigh - Beaudesert Road
- Wonglepong, Beaudesert Road
South West Queensland
- Augathella / Charleville, Mitchell Highway at Yo Yo Creek
- Jackson, Warrego Highway (reopening at 10:30am)
- Dogwood Creek, Condamine Highway
- Roma, Warrego Highway approximately 10km east of Roma
- Roma, Carnarvon Highway closed south of Injune approximately 50km north of Roma
- Ann St, Bundaberg East
- Bucca Crossing, Bundaberg
- Duckpond Rd, Bundaberg
- Ford St, Bundaberg South, Bundaberg
- Splitters Creek at Heales Rd, Bundaberg.
- Raines Rd, South Kolan, Bundaberg
Police are advising the community to avoid flooded roads, creeks and watercourses and members of the public are also reminded that road closures and road conditions can change rapidly as creeks and water courses can rise and fall quickly.
Police would like to remind motorists and members of the public of the hazardous and unpredictable nature of flood waters and the dangers associated with storm debris and road washouts.
Police urge everyone to obey road closure signs and to travel with extreme caution, limiting non essential travel in flood affected areas where possible.
Parents are also reminded to ensure their children are not playing in flood prone waterways, watercourses and drains as water levels can rise quickly.
Members of the public should monitor local radio stations, their local council and organisations, such as the Traffic and Travel information site www.131940.qld.gov.au or call 13 19 40 for information on localised flooding and road closures.