Campers warned to take care in wet conditions
THE Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing has advised the severe weather warning current for Queensland will affect coastal and inland parks south of Gladstone, down to the Sunshine Coast.
The department advises people should expect closures or restrictions to parks if conditions deteriorate.
Camps should be set well above the high tide level and should be only in designated beach camping areas. Be prepared to pack up and leave quickly as some camping areas can flood, cutting off access. Do not drive through floodwaters.
Heavy rain expected as low develops
THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rain and the possibility of flash flooding.
A slow-moving surface trough is situated off the central coast of Queensland and a low is expected to develop along the trough off the central coast today.
The low should then move in a south to southeast direction parallel to the Queensland coast before deepening further off the Fraser coast on Tuesday.
Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to occur about coastal and adjacent inland areas between St Lawrence and the Gold Coast during today and into Tuesday. 24 hour totals of 100mm to 200mm are likely, with isolated totals in excess of 200mm possible.
Currently, the heaviest rain is located on radar over the Capricornia coast near and south of Yeppoon, and near the Wide Bay and southern coast from Hervey Bay to Caboolture.
Hervey Bay has recorded 25mm of rain in the 1 hour to 9:40am this morning.
In the 24 hours to 9am Monday, Upper Bee (near Mackay) recorded 155mm, Lucinda 104mm and Mackay 102mm, and Hervey Bay and areas on the Sunshine Coast generally recorded 60 to 70mm.
These conditions are expected to contract south to coastal and adjacent inland areas from Burnett Heads to the New South Wales border overnight tonight. The heaviest rainfalls should then gradually focus offshore of the southern coast during Tuesday.
Dangerous surf conditions, with possible beach erosion, are expected to develop along the coast from Burnett Heads to the New South Wales border from Tuesday. This includes northern parts of Moreton Bay.
Locations that may be affected include Gympie, Yeppoon, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.