Flood Warnings as QLD Braces for Deluge

By AAP

An emergency flood warning has been issued for people in a town west of Brisbane as severe storms threaten to dump up to 250mm of rain in southeast Queensland.

Jandowae Creek is expected to peak on Wednesday, potentially leading to major flooding in the down, the Western Downs Regional Council says.

Multiple roads have been cut by rising floodwaters and properties are likely to experience flooding.

“Residents are advised to secure their belongings, prepare to leave and warn neighbours,” the alert states.

Parts of Queensland remain on flood watch, with warnings for coastal catchments between Bundaberg and the NSW border.

The southern inland is also bracing for significant rain, including Dalby, which has flooded once in recent days and could flood again.

A severe storm warning has also been issued for an area stretching from Brisbane’s bayside to the Gold Coast, with up to 250mm of rain predicted.

The slow-moving band of thunderstorms is likely to produce heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding over the warning areas in the next hour, the weather bureau warns.

The RACQ has issued a flash flooding warning on the Gold Coast at Burleigh Road.

Meanwhile, Cyclone Uesi is creating large swells along Australia’s east coast, and is expected to approach Queensland before weakening as it moves south.

The category three cyclone is west of Noumea and forecast to weaken as it moves southwest towards Lord Howe Island.

Gales with wind gusts up to 120 km/h are expected to develop about Lord Howe Island on Thursday, the bureau says.

The cyclone is expected to come close to Queensland on Thursday night or Friday, and then weaken as it moves south towards NSW.

It comes as 67.1 percent of Queensland remains drought declared.