UPDATE: Minor flooding, Mary River still rising
UPDATE 8am Tuesday: TWO days of heavy rain have caused minor flooding of the Mary River at Gympie and Fisherman's Pocket this morning.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the Mary River at Gympie is currently 6.29m high and rising slowly, and expected to peak later this morning.
The river is currently at 7.7m at Fisherman's Pocket.
It is also rising at Miva and Tiaro, but is expected to remain below the minor flood levels.
Drivers should also avoid Tin Can Bay Rd, which is still cut by flood waters at Moody Creek.
BoM forecaster David Bernard said while here was still a chance of some minor rain, it was not likely to have any effect on the river.
There was also a small possibility of a thunderstorm, and then the skies would be giving us a break.
"This will be the last day for a few," he said.
With the rain passed, the region could expect some cool nights with minimums of 15 degrees, warrming up much later in the week to a maximum of 34 degrees.
EARLIER 5pm Monday: HEAVY rain across the region over the past few days brought flash flooding, with more than 100mm dumped on some areas in less than an hour on Sunday.
According to one resident, about 120mm drenched Lower Wonga in an hour on Sunday afternoon, while at Araluen another resident recorded 95mm in 45 minutes.
Gympie has received almost 100mm since Sunday, Borumba Dam 83mm, Glenwood 109mm, Fisherman's Pocket 66mm and Goomboorian 107mm.
The downpour was accompanied by a thunderstorm on Sunday afternoon, a combination which also brought powerlines down on Old Maryborough Rd, cut power in several areas and also hail to some parts of the region.
More than 420 lighting strikes per minute were recorded by the Gympie Weather website during the storm.
Yesterday, emergency service workers rescued the driver of a ute at East Deep Creek after the vehicle became stranded while crossing in flood water over Randwick Rd just before 8.30am.
The Mary River in Gympie was likely to reach the minor flood level of 6m overnight last night or this morning, and a minor flood warning was issued for parts of the Mary River near Miva and Tiaro yesterday.
Rainfall totals of 80-150mm were recorded over the Mary River catchment over the past few days, with localised falls of up to 100mm observed yesterday morning. Drier conditions are forecast for today onwards.
The severe weather on Sunday damaged North Deep Creek Rd, which received emergency repairs from a council crew on Sunday afternoon to keep it open.
Of rainfall officially recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology, 79mm fell on Gympie and at Borumba Dam, Goomboorian had 66mm and Glenwood 48mm by 9am yesterday.
A Veteran resident reported more than 70mm in 24 hours on Sunday.
By 3.30pm yesterday, another 18mm had fallen at Gympie, 29mm at Cedar Pocket, and 51mm at Glenwood.
While the heaviest rain has passed, Bureau forecaster David Bernard said there could still be more showers and a thunderstorms this morning before clearing up in the afternoon.
TOTAL RAINFALL FOR SUNDAY TIL 4PM TODAY:
Borumba Dam 83mm
Cedar Pocket 81mm
Moy Pocket 30mm
Kin Kin 37mm
Fisherman's Pckt 66mm
EARLIER 10am Monday: A SEVERE storm and torrential rain which ripped across the region yesterday inundated some areas with more than 100mm in less than an hour, causing flash flooding and even bringing hail.
While the Bureau of Meteorology does not keep records in the area, one resident reported 120mm falling in Lower Wonga, while at Araluen another resident recorded 95mm falling in 45 minutes.
Veteran also reportedly received more than 70mm in less than 24 hours.
In areas the BoM do keep record, by 9am this morning 79mm had fallen on Gympie and the Borumba Dam each, while Goomboorian had 66mm and Glenwood had been drenched by 48mm.
Emergency services also rescued the driver of a ute after their vehicle became stranded in floodwaters on Randwick Rd just before 8.30am.
Heavy rain and flash flooding were not the only extremes brought with the storm.
The severe weather also damaged North Deep Creek Rd, forcing Gympie Regional Council to conduct emergency repairs in the afternoon to keep the road safe and open.
Powerlines were brought down in the storm on Old Maryborough Rd, and power was cut in several parts of the region.
And today could offer up something similar BoM forecaster David Bernard said.
"I won't say it's a carbon copy, but it's still incredibly wet," he said.
"Up to 100mm again, maybe a bit higher"
Along with the potentially heavy rain, thunderbolts and lightning could also be in the mix.
"Expect to see severe thunderstorm warnings," he said.
"People should keep an eye on the radar."
Sitting at 3.3m high at 7am this morning, the Mary River also remained under watch with rain expected not only in Gympie but across the catchment area.
"There's till the potential for a minor flood," Mr Bernard said.
"It's still a bit unknown."
He said the wet weather should clear up tomorrow, but not before one last run of showers and a possible storm in the morning.
Rainfall in the region (24hours to 9am this morning)
* Gympie 79mm
* Borumba Dam 75mm
* Goomboorian 73mm
* Glenwood 57mm
* Cedar Pocket 51mm
* Wolvi 46mm
* Sexton 40mm
* Imbil 32mm
* Dagun 26mm
* Pomona 25mm
* Kandanga 21mm
* Moy Pocket 20mm
* Tiaro 18mm
* Kin Kin 17mm
* Kenilworth 15mm
* Maleny 10mm
* Mapleton 7mm