Woman swept to death as rainband batters Queensland

An unseasonal deluge continues to batter Queensland as the deadly rainband moves southeast after floodwaters claimed the life of a woman on the central coast.

Rainfall records tumbled as rising floodwaters swamped roads and bridges as the dangerous weather system tracked southeast across the central Queensland coast.

Floodwaters claimed the life of a woman north of Mackay when a car was swept from a floodwater causeway on Wednesday morning.

Two other passengers, a man and woman, escaped with minor injuries.

While the far west starts to dry out, the Bureau of Meteorology warns the rain will continue to fall.

Heavy downpours and possible thunderstorms are forecast for the central, southern and southeast regions of Queensland on Thursday.

"These could produce damaging wind gusts and also intense rainfall that could lead to life-threatening flash flooding," meteorologist Christie Johnson said,.

"Moving into Friday, we see the focus move to the southeast and, after that, the system moves away to the east and conditions improve on the weekend."

Rainfall totals across the east of the state were generally between 50-70 mm, with areas between the Daintree and Mackay, the Sunshine Coast and Central Queensland recording more than 100mm on Wednesday.

A major flood warning is current for the Haughton River and a moderate flood warning is current for the Bohle River.

Beaches on the Gold and Sunshine coast are expected to remain closed with dangerous surf and huge swell along the coastline.

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