Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa and Warrego and Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.

Issued at 6:46 pm Wednesday, 23 February 2022.

INTENSE RAINFALL STARTING TO FALL IN THE NORTHERN WIDE BAY AREA

Weather Situation: An upper trough moving into a humid and unstable environment over central and southeast Queensland will continue to support scattered thunderstorm activity in the next few hours.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts. Locations which may be affected include Dalby, Monto, Chinchilla, Gayndah, Mundubbera and Eidsvold.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West and Maranoa and Warrego districts. Locations which may be affected include Tambo, Jericho, Augathella, Mantuan Downs and Alpha.

61mm has been recorded at Abercorn Alert in 30 minutes to 6:30pm

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.