UPDATE 5.30AM

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for destructive winds and heavy rainfall in Wide Bay today saying the Bundaberg region could see wind gusts of up to 125kmh.

Currently heavy rain and damaging wind gusts are  affecting the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and southern parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields districts.

Heavy rainfall will move into the Darling Downs and Southeast Coast districts this morning.

Destructive wind gusts may develop about the coastal fringe and elevated terrain of the Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast districts from Thursday afternoon.

>> LOOK HERE: To use the map, select the variable you want to measure from the drop down on the right hand side (for example, the water drop is the indicator for rain). You can zoom in on Bundaberg and towns of the region using your mouse pointer. Additionally, see below a sideways mouse drag graphic that allows to you ti pick the time and date.

Synoptic Situation:

At 4am EST Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie was located over inland central Queensland just south of Emerald.

The system is expected to continue moving southeastwards over the Central Highlands this morning, before tracking over southeast Queensland during Thursday afternoon.

Bureau of meteorology warning map as of 5am Thursday
Bureau of meteorology warning map as of 5am Thursday

Impacts:

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie will continue to generate areas of very heavy rain over the Capricornia, Southern parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of the Darling Downs and Granite belt and Southeast Coast districts.

Currently the heaviest rainfall is occurring over much of the Capricornia and Wide Bay and Burnett region, and parts of the Southeast Coast district.

Widespread daily rainfall totals of 150 to 250mm are expected, with significantly higher accumulations possible locally.

This rainfall will likely be very intense at times, leading to a risk of severe localised flash flooding.

Locations that may be affected include Rockhampton, Gladstone, Kingaroy, Bundaberg, Miles and the Sunshine Coast.

The focus for heavy rain will then shift south and extend into southeastern parts of the state during Thursday afternoon.

Widespread daily rainfall totals in excess of are 200mm possible, with isolated very heavy daily totals in excess of 400mm possible, mostly around the higher ground in southeast Queensland.

This rainfall is likely to lead to major river flooding over a broad area and a Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Gladstone and the New South Wales border, extending inland to parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Maranoa and Warrego, and Darling Downs and Granite Belt forecast districts.

Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90km/h, are occurring in the warning area, particularly about the coast and islands, between Hamilton Island and Gladstone.

The most likely area for damaging wind gusts should shift to the remaining warning area as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie tracks southeastwards during today.

Destructive wind gusts, in excess of 125km/h, are possible about the coastal fringe and elevated terrain of the Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast districts from late Thursday afternoon.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Herbert and Lower Burdekin district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

* Move your car under cover or away from trees.

* Secure loose outdoor items.

* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.

* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.

* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 am AEST Thursday..  

 

UPDATE 1PM

A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for the Wide Bay region for damaging winds and heavy rainfall.

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EARLIER

RAINY conditions are set to intensify across Bundaberg tomorrow, with between 100-150mm of rainfall expected, Bureau of Meteorology weather spokesman Paul Wilson has warned.

Last night's downpour was just the beginning, with rain here to stay for at least the next 48 hours.

According to the BOM website, in the 24 hours to 9am this morning, Branyan Station recorded 103mm, Bucca Weir 72mm, Moore Park Station 98mm, Bargara 83mm, Bundaberg Station 53mm and the Bundaberg Alert Station recorded 80mm.

HIGH FLOW: Judy Petschulies took this flood pic at Apple Tree Creek. Photo: contributed
HIGH FLOW: Judy Petschulies took this flood pic at Apple Tree Creek. Photo: contributed contributed

Mr Wilson said the region was set to get another 25-50mm today, but the real rain will come tomorrow.

"Tomorrow is certainly looking to be between 100mm and 150mm of rain for Bundaberg," he said.

"Anywhere south of Gladstone along the coast and even a little inland can expect 50-100mm.

"There will certainly be heavy falls in the south-east on Thursday."

Mr Wilson said the weather was due to a "tropical depression" from ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie, which has now been downgraded to a Tropical Low.

Mr Wilson said the coastline between Ayr and the New South Wales border had been put on flood watch as the tropical low threatened flooding for a 1300km stretch.

<<Flash flooding affecting roads across Bundaberg region>>

FLOODED: Highway at Apple Tree Creek park turn.
FLOODED: Highway at Apple Tree Creek park turn. Cass Hopkinson

BOM has issued a severe weather warning for people in the Wide Bay, Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia and parts of the Central West and Maranoa and Warrego forecast districts as ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie continues to produce "damaging winds, heavy rainfall and abnormally high tides".

As of 5am this morning, damaging winds with peak gusts of about 120kmh were still occurring in the warning area, with the strongest wind gusts affecting areas north of about Emerald to St Lawrence.

According to BOM, as ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie tracks south south-east tonight, the focus for damaging wind gusts will likely shift to the Capricornia coast and then possibly to the remaining coast near and south of Fraser Island during Thursday afternoon and evening.

Mr Wilson said the weather was forecast to ease on Friday and be relatively clear on Saturday.