A severe weather warning has been issued for Brisbane and
southeast Queensland, as a south-moving trough brings heavy
rains and flash flooding.
Areas from central Queensland to the NSW border are expected
to be deluged from this afternoon (local time) and into
tomorrow morning, the weather bureau says.
"It's roughly the entire southeast quarter of Queensland,"
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Mark Trenorden told AAP.
"The heavier rainfall is going to slowly contract to the
southeast of the state."
The severe weather warning covers Brisbane and Ipswich, along
with the Gold and Sunshine coasts.
The Wide Bay, Burnett, Darling Downs, Granite Belt, Central
Highlands, Maranoa and Warrego areas are also affected.
Mr Trenorden said the trough would concentrate heavier falls
today and into tomorrow from Rockhampton in central
Queensland to Goondiwindi in the south, before breaking into
showers and thunderstorms by the weekend.
It means the coastal areas from Yeppoon in central Queensland
to the NSW border are expected to experience flash flooding,
with falls of between 50mm to 150mm.
Minor flood warnings have also been issued for river areas in
other rain-affected parts of the state.
Rain has already bucketed down on the state's central coast,
with Pacific Heights near Yeppoon receiving 324mm in the 24
hours to 9am (AEST).
Yeppoon itself had 296mm, causing flash flooding, while
further south at Mt Larcom, 217mm fell and Tully in north
Queensland had 204mm.
"So there's been some very heavy falls along the coast from
about Tully southwards," Mr Trenorden said.
It's unfortunate news for graziers in the state's west, who
are battling while 80 per cent of Queensland has been drought
"I guess the heavier rainfall has been fairly coastal, so it
won't necessarily help them a great deal," the forecaster
Emergency Management Queensland regional director Wayne
Hepple said several homes and businesses had been
significantly damaged by fast flowing floodwaters in Yeppoon.
"From what I understand there were houses on hills where the
rainfall event has gone down the driveway and gone through
the house and the small drains around the houses have just
been unable to cope," he told AAP.
"Today is basically an assessment of the levels of damage and
what clean-up and assistance the community needs."
Mr Hepple said the sudden, hard downpour meant it was
difficult to react.
About 30 State Emergency Service volunteers had worked
overnight to mend leaking roofs and help with sandbagging, he