THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds, heavy rainfall and dangerous surf for the Wide Bay, Burnett and southeast-coast districts.
A surface low off the Wide Bay coast near Seventeen Seventy is expected to move south during the day which could bring peak gusts of up to about 100km/h around the Wide Bay coast and islands this morning before developing about coastal areas and adjacent higher ground in the southeast coast district during the afternoon. Locations which may be affected include Bundaberg, Fraser Island, the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay Islands and the Gold Coast.
Heavy rain which may cause flash flooding is forecast around coastal areas between Bundaberg and Brisbane this morning. Locations which may be affected include Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Fraser Island and the Sunshine Coast.
Dangerous surf conditions are possible about the exposed coast south of Sandy Cape this afternoon. Locations which may be affected include Fraser Island, the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay Islands and the Gold Coast.
A flood warning has been issued for coastal rivers and streams from Noosa to Caboolture and adjacent inland catchments.
Emergency Management Queensland 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.
- Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.
- Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.