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South-east Queensland is expecting a drenching today as a severe weather system continues to dump heavy rain, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.
BOM senior hydrologist Andrew Preece said most of the severe weather and flooding risk had eased in the state’s north and had pushed further south.
“We’re expecting that rain band to move off the coast and shift further south over the next couple of days,” Mr Preece said.
“We’ll see more rainfall in the south-east and we’re already starting to see river levels rising.”
Since 9am yesterday, west of Brisbane saw the heaviest falls.
Kluvers lookout had 206mm and Raynbird Creek had 172mm.
Meanwhile, parts of the Sunshine Coast hinterland received up to 140mm.
BOM said there was minor to moderate flooding in the Bremer River, Lockyer, Laidley and Warrill Creeks and Lower Brisbane River catchments.
Widespread rain totals of between 20mm and 90mm, and isolated totals of 177mm, had been recorded in those catchments in the 24 hours to 4am.
Mr Preece said the bureau was also expecting minor flooding in the Mary River catchment at Gympie, in upper Brisbane, and on the Sunshine Coast.
“Because we’ve had a prolonged wet season this year, catchments are already wet in a number of locations across the state,” he said.
“That means even with any small rainfall totals that are being forecast, we are expecting to see renewed river level rises.
On Wednesday, a 31-year-old woman died in floodwaters when her car was swept off a causeway at Mount Ossa near Mackay.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner tweeted last night a text message urging residents in low-lying levels of Brookfield, on the city’s western edge, to prepare for flooding.
Mr Schrinner also advised Brisbane’s CityCat and ferry services would be suspended from 9pm Wednesday.
The decision follows “a notice issued by Maritime Safety Queensland about deteriorating weather conditions and expected Wivenhoe Dam releases”, Mr Schrinner wrote.
Several rainfall records have already been broken in northern parts of Queensland.
On Wednesday, Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, Charters Towers in the state’s north, and Emerald Airport in central Queensland recorded their highest May rainfall totals on record.
At Hamilton Island, 220 millimeters was recorded, exceeding the previous May record of 133 millimeters set in 1990.
Charters Towers had 122 millimeters, well above the previous record of 67 millimeters, and Emerald Airport received 63 millimeters, eclipsing the 49 millimeters reported in 2005.
“We’ve seen significant rainfall across much of Queensland … and quite significant for May,” Mr Preece said.
There was major flooding in Townsville in the state’s north on Wednesday after some parts recorded falls of more than 200 millimeters.
The bureau said the Bohle River at Mount Bohle in Townsville surpassed record flooding levels set in January 1980.
But by Thursday morning, it had receded to the minor level, of about 3 meters.
The Haughton River at Giru also reached a major flood peak of 2.85 meters on Wednesday afternoon with river levels expected to fall below the minor flood level late on Thursday morning.
Areas between Cairns and Mackay also received widespread falls between 50 to 200 millimeters on Wednesday.
Further south, Maryborough on the Fraser Coast, down the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay had 100 to 150 millimeters, with several local creeks on minor flood watch.
Beaches have been closed on the Sunshine and Gold coasts.
Mr Preece said the severe weather system was expected to ease on Friday and into the weekend as it moved off the coast.
Posted 58m ago58 minutes agoWed 11 May 2022 at 8:13pm, updated 43m ago43 minutes agoWed 11 May 2022 at 8:28pm