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 10:50 pm Wednesday, 23 February 2022.

HEAVY TO INTENSE RAINFALL REDEVELOPING ACROSS SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND FROM LATER TONIGHT.

Weather Situation: A strong upper trough and associated cut-off low will move slowly eastward across southern Queensland tonight and through Thursday before rotating over the southeast on Friday. A surface trough near the southeast coast will deepen and move onshore in response to this upper weather system on Thursday. The trough is forecast to remain slow-moving into Friday, producing prolong periods of heavy to intense rainfall with embedded thunderstorms.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to flash flooding is expected to redevelop from the east tonight and extend inland over areas between Fraser Island, Kingaroy, Oakey and Stanthorpe during Thursday, and continue into Friday. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 80 and 120 mm are likely, reaching up to 180 mm over areas east of Gympie and Ipswich.

Locally INTENSE RAINFALL leading to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding is likely anywhere within the warning area from early Thursday morning. In these areas, six-hourly rainfall totals up to 300 mm are possible. A separate Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued if and when very dangerous storms with intense rainfall are detected.

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible from early Thursday morning over the Southeast Coast, east of about Maroochydore, Ipswich and the Gold Coast.

A Flood Watch and various 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 Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Stanthorpe, Caboolture, Ipswich, Jimboomba, Mount Tamborine and Redcliffe.

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.