Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:25 pm Saturday, 26 February 2022.

HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH LOCALLY INTENSE FALLS OVER SE QLD THIS WEEKEND.

Weather Situation: A surface trough over southeast Queensland is forecast to deepen into a low over the Wide Bay and Burnett district in response to a strong upper low later tonight. This low is expected to track southward over the Southeast Coast and into northeastern New South Wales during Sunday producing further heavy to locally intense rainfall with embedded thunderstorms. The evolution of this system and its relatively slow movement will continue to cause significant and prolonged impacts across southeast Queensland for the remainder of the weekend.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to flash flooding is forecast to continue over parts of southeast Queensland this weekend. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 80 and 120 mm are likely to continue, reaching up to 180 mm over areas east of Kingaroy to Toowoomba today (Saturday) and south to the NSW border on Sunday.

Locally INTENSE RAINFALL leading to dangerous and LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODING is possible with thunderstorms during this period, particularly over areas east of Hervey Bay to Yarraman, Toowoomba and Ipswich today (Saturday) extending south to the NSW border on Sunday. Six-hourly rainfall totals in excess of 300 mm are possible. A separate Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued if very dangerous thunderstorms with intense rainfall are detected.

Heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS in excess of 90 km/h are possible over coastal fringes mainly about the Sunshine Coast. This threat will expand to coastal areas further south towards the the NSW border later this evening and through Sunday.

A Flood Watch and multiple Flood Warnings are current for parts of Southeast Queensland. For more details, please visit www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Kingaroy, Caboolture, Coolangatta, Ipswich, Jimboomba, Mount Tamborine and Redcliffe.

Rainfall to 9am Saturday:
709mm at Mt Glorious
541mm at Pomona
444mm at Tin Can Bay
427mm at Upper Doonan
381mm at Dayboro
301mm at Gatton
236mm at Brisbane City
224mm at Ipswich

Rainfall from 9am Saturday to 4pm Saturday:
198mm at Mount Glorious
186mm at Elimbah
177mm at Beerburrum
168mm at Wamuran
165mm at Rose Ck Road
159mm at Delaneys Ck
159mm at Mount Mee

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.