Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is asking residents to Get Ready for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms which are expected to impact the state over the coming days
The bureau says a major upper low pressure system over inland Queensland is to blame and it will deepen and move slowly across the state in the next days.
They predict thunderstorms, some of which are likely to be severe, and rain areas will develop during today over central Queensland and become more widespread during tonight and Thursday, with locally heavy to very heavy falls of rain expected.
24 hour totals in excess of 250mm are possible, as are damaging wind gusts of around 110 km/h.
Emergency Management Assistant Commissioner Steve Grant said residents should be aware of the risks and take steps to ensure they are prepared for prolonged severe weather.
“Heavy rainfall and flash flooding are part of the Queensland summer experience but make sure you aren’t caught out,” Mr Grant said.
“In particular we want to remind pedestrians and motorists in affected areas: if it’s flooded, forget it.
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.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.