Flooding and debris closes roads and brings down power lines
UPDATE: Intense wind and rain is uprooting trees and flooding roadways in Toowoomba and across the Darling Downs.
Emergency service personnel have been called to numerous reports of debris bringing down power lines across Toowoomba throughout the day.
Fallen trees and branches have blocked a number of roads, including one lane of the down section on the Toowoomba Range as well as a complete blockage of Hursley Rd.
A row of about 10 large pine trees have toppled over in Range St, East Toowoomba, damaging a home and destroying a fence line.
Police this afternoon closed the New England Hwy between Toowoomba and Warwick near the eight-mile intersection with the Cunningham Hwy.
The Warrego Hwy has also been closed between Toowoomba and Oakey.
Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio urged residents to avoid travel until the current rainfall system eased.
He warned that many roads were closed and that in other areas water was lying on the road.
"If you absolutely must travel please put your lights on and exercise caution," Cr Antonio said.
City drenched as severe weather settles over south-east
EARLIER: More than 150mm of rain has fallen in Toowoomba today as the low pressure system associated with ex-tropical cyclone Oswald settles over the south-east.
Minor localised flooding has been reported across Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.
Swift water rescue officers have been called to reports of a woman and child trapped in rising floodwaters at Helidon.
East and West creeks are continuing to rise in the city although inner city businesses are not evacuating.
Wind gusts of more than 100kmh have brought down trees and powerlines.
Yesterday saw more than 40mm fall in Toowoomba, making it one wet and wild Australia Day for the Garden City.
Weather warning are available at http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/
Information on road closures is available at http://highload.131940.qld.gov.au/reports/State_Highways_and_Motorways_Report.pdf