UPDATE: Damaging wind in severe warning for Bundy and region

UPDATE 2.25pm: Damaging winds and heavy rainfall in a severe weather warning has just been issued for the Wide Bay and Bundy is in the middle of it.

BoM's latest update has predicted six hourly rainfall totals up to 180mm in areas including Bundaberg, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, Toolara Forestry and Seventeen Seventy.

Locally damaging wind gusts up to 90kmh are possible over Fraser Island and the coastal areas within the warning area.

Heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to occur overnight and into tomorrow.

An intensifying upper trough over central Queensland us forecast to shift north over the next couple of days and combine with a moist air mass and a coastal trough over the Capricornia and Hervey Bay waters to lead to heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms.


UPDATE 2pm: The Kinkuna section of the Burrum Coast National Park has been closed due to the heavy downpour.

According to the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing the weather has restricted access to the park and it will be temporarily closed until further notice.

The department is urging everyone to observe all signage, barriers and directions from rangers - do not entre closed areas.

All permits for closed areas are suspended for the duration of the closure.


UPDATE 12.50pm: BOM has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Wide Bay and Burnett and Capricornia regions.

The thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area in the next several hours.

The major locations said to be affected include Miriam Vale and Seventeen Seventy.

QFES advises the community to"

Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters.

Seek shelter preferably indoors and never under trees.

Avoid using a telephone during a thunderstorm.

Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

For emergency assistance phone SES on 132 500.

DISASTER MANAGEMENT: LDMG hold weather update.
DISASTER MANAGEMENT: LDMG hold weather update. Mikayla Haupt

UPDATE 12.20pm: "IT'S just heavy rain," according to Bundaberg Regional Council's disaster management spokesman David Batt.

"Last week we had some great heavy rain in 24 hours, we're looking at that over three or four days this time," he said.

"It's just good soaking rain for the region - fantastic to keep everything green but the main issue will be on our roads.

"There will be water over the local roads during this event."

Despite the water over local roads and a bit of flash flooding, Cr Batt said not to expect there to be signs over the road and drive to the conditions.

"Council will be out there where we can and staff will put signs out, but with these type of events the water is over the road very quickly and disappears just as quickly," he said.

"By the time our staff gets out there, the water has cleared again."

Cr Batt said the council was asking people to be alert but not alarmed and keep an eye on BoM.

"If we do get any information from the bureau that this event does get any heavier, than we will be letting everybody know in all the usual ways.

"So follow the media, follow the bureau and check council's website as well."

He said there wasn't any river rising, more than the usual tides, to be expected as a majority of the rain was occurring on the coast, with Bargara getting more rain than Bundaberg.

At this stage there is no warning of severe events or strong winds from the bureau.

"The beaches will be closed," he said

"The best place to be is indoors if you can and if you are on the road stay safe and drive to conditions."

Acting Senior Sergeant disaster management support officer Russell Williams said all drivers need to drive to the conditions, if it's flooded, forget it.

"Our emergency services are predominantly in these situations put to the test and are very, very busy for a range of issues," he said.

"The last thing we want is to be out and about rescuing people from flooded waterways when there's no necessity for it.

"They can be fatal, that's the extreme of course, but bringing it back to the other end of the spectrum means they could incur fines or car impoundment."

DOWNPOUR: Region to be wet for the next couple of days.
DOWNPOUR: Region to be wet for the next couple of days. Mikayla Haupt

EARLIER: HEAVY rain in the region is already affecting local roads and it's not about to let up.

At least 40-80mm is expected for the region today with the potential 100-120mm is possible under a thunderstorm in Bundaberg, according to a Bureau of Meteorology spokesman.

Qld Traffic reports three roads have already been affected by the current drenching:

Flash flooding has occurred on Goodwood Rd, Woongarra; Goodwood Rd, Elliott/Kinkuna and Moore Park Rd, Welcome Creek; Bundaberg Miriam Vale Rd (Rosedale Rd), Meadowvale.

Reports also suggest that Hughes Rd is flooded - Greg Barnes said the causeway on Hughes Road next to the childcare centre has been breached by floodwater and should not be crossed.

"Please make alternative arrangements until the level drops and it's safe to cross," he said.


Wet weather in Bundaberg.
Wet weather in Bundaberg. Mike Knott BUN151017WET2

Moore Park SES group leader, Chris Matthews said they are currently sandbagging a house at Welcome Creek where flood waters are nearing the home.

"If your needing sandbags, we have shovels, sand and bags, you welcome to fill yourselves, just give me a call on 0448 041 162 and I can meet you at our MPB SES shed," Chris said.

"All roads are currently accessible."

Sandbags are also available at the Bundaberg SES at 7 Kendalls Rd, Branyan.

To get in contact with the Bundaberg SES phone 132 500.

The BoM spokesman said the driving force behind the continuous drenching is a strong upper low in the west of the state combined with a coastal trough which has the rain attached to it.

"It's going to be quite wet up in that region today and tomorrow," he said.

"Today the area affected is from the Sunshine Coast to Bundaberg and Hervey Bay to Mackay tomorrow.

"At this stage it is not severe, but if that changes warnings will be issued."