Severe weather warning cancelled for Capricornia

UPDATE 3.30PM: The severe weather warning for the Capricornia district has been cancelled.

However, it is still current for the Wide Bay and Burnett areas and the Southeast Coast.

11AM: Heavy rain is expected to batter the Capricornia region today and tomorrow due to a slow moving trough located right above Yeppoon.

A severe weather warning from the Bureau of Meteorology  was issued at 10am this morning, warning coastal and adjacent inland areas between St Lawrence and the Gold Coast to prepare for 24hr totals of 100 to 200mm and possible flash flooding.

A slow moving surface trough is situated off the central coast of Queensland and a low is expected to develop along it today.

The low should then move in a south to southeast direction parallel to the Queensland coast before deepening further off the Fraser coast tomorrow.

Currently, the heaviest rain is located on radar over the Capricornia coast near and south of Yeppoon, and near the Wide Bay and southern coast from Hervey Bay to Caboolture.

Hervey Bay has recorded 25mm of rain in the hour leading up to 9.40am this morning.

In the 24 hours to 9am today, Upper Bee (near Mackay) recorded 155mm, Lucinda 104mm and Mackay 102mm, and Hervey Bay and areas on the Sunshine Coast generally recorded 60 to 70mm.

These conditions are expected to contract south to coastal and adjacent inland areas from Burnett Heads to the New South Wales border overnight tonight.

The heaviest rainfalls should then gradually focus offshore of the southern coast during Tuesday.

Dangerous surf conditions, with possible beach erosion, are expected to develop along the coast from Burnett Heads to the New South Wales border from tomorrow.

This includes northern parts of Moreton Bay.

Locations that may be affected include Yeppoon, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Gympie, Fraser Island, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:
* 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.

The next warning is due to be issued by 4pm.

Warnings are also available through the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. 



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