It’s still reasonable here in our region without the rainfall totals that Sunshine Coast to the border are experiencing at this time.
Don’t be too complacent though as things will progress over the next couple of hours, winds are increasing and the large rain band is about to hit Gympie.
Severe weather warning one and two follow: Keep safe, Ted.

IDQ20033
Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland Regional Office

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for DESTRUCTIVE WINDS and HEAVY RAINFALL

For people in the
Wide Bay and Burnett,
Southeast Coast and parts of the
Capricornia and
Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:50 am Thursday, 30 March 2017.

Headline:

Heavy rain and damaging wind gusts are currently affecting the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts. Destructive wind gusts are possible about the coastal fringe and elevated terrain in the Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast districts.

Synoptic Situation:

At 10am EST Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie was located just south of Rolleston. The system is expected to continue moving southeastwards over the southern parts of the Central Highlands this morning, before tracking over southeast Queensland during Thursday afternoon and evening. Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie is expected to move off the far Southeast Coast overnight into Friday morning, with rainfall clearing offshore.

Impacts:

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

Currently the heaviest rainfall is occurring over much of the Wide Bay and Burnett region, and Southeast Coast districts.
Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals of 150 to 250 mm 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 Gladstone, Kingaroy, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

The focus for heavy rain will continue in far southeastern parts of the state today. Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals in excess of 200 mm are possible, with isolated very heavy totals in excess of 400 mm 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 Hervey Bay and the NSW border, extending inland to parts of the Maranoa and Warrego, and Darling Downs and Granite Belt forecast districts.

Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90 km/h, are occurring in the warning area, particularly about the coast and islands, between Rockhampton and Hervey Bay. The most likely area for damaging wind gusts will move south along the coast during today. Destructive wind gusts, in excess of 125 km/h, are possible about the coastal fringe and elevated terrain of the Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast districts during today.

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 5:00 pm AEST Thursday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

IDQ20032
Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland Regional Office

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SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for DANGEROUS SURF

For people in parts of the
Wide Bay and Burnett and
Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

Issued at 12:16 pm Thursday, 30 March 2017.

Headline:

Dangerous surf conditions are expected about the south coast south of Sandy Cape.

Synoptic Situation:

At 12 noon EST Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie was located near Taroom in the southern Central Highlands and Coalfields district. The system is expected to continue moving southeastwards over southeast Queensland during Thursday afternoon and evening. Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie is expected to move off the far southeast coast of Queensland overnight into Friday morning, with rainfall clearing offshore through Friday morning.

An area of sustained gales currently over the Capricornia Coast is expected to move southwards along the southern coast of Queensland through the next 24 hours. Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie will move offshore during Thursday night into Friday morning and will maintain gales over waters south of Double Island Point through Friday and Saturday morning. Winds offshore over Gold Coast waters could increase to storm force intensity during Friday as the system moves offshore.

Impacts:

Dangerous surf conditions are likely to produce significant beach erosion over southeast Queensland for the rest of today and during Friday.

Locations which may be affected include the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and the Moreton Bay Islands and Fraser Island.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* 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 Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 pm AEST Thursday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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