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Severe weather warning still in place for Gladstone

UPDATE 4.20PM: The severe weather warning remains in place for the Gladstone area.

Awoonga Dam has slightly risen since earlier in the day. The capacity remains at 102% but the height is now 40.28m as at 3.45pm.

Gladstone Regional Council advises of the following park and asset closures due to flooding and weather conditions:

Gladstone Lions Park is closed due to flooding over the playground's softfall material, which is now unsafe for use.

Pincham Park, Mount Larcom is closed due to flooding.

Air Sea Rescue Park at Seventeen Seventy is closed due to shade structure damage at the playground.

Calliope River Camping Ground south side is closed due to flooding. The boom gates are closed to prevent vehicular access. The north side remains open and accessible.

Millennium Esplanade at Tannum Sands is open but there are large areas under water, so caution is recommended. The council will undertake a further inspection tomorrow morning.

The Gladstone Marina Bridge is closed to vessels due to a lifting mechanism problem. The council plans to close the road access across the bridge tomorrow morning from 9am for a couple of hours to assess the cause of the issue. The alternative access via Alf O'Rourke Drive is open for access to the Marina Parklands.
 

UPDATE 1PM: A severe weather warning remains in place for the Gladstone area.

At 12:30pm areas of heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms were observed on weather radar in parts of the Central Coast district, with moderate falls occuring over southern parts of the Capricornia district and parts of the northern Wide Bay and Burnett district.

Locations which may be affected by heavy rain or damaging wind gusts in the next several hours include Gladstone, Mackay, Proserpine, Bowen, Hamilton Island, Sarina and Bundaberg.

Gladstone has received 28mm of rain since 9am, with 50mm recorded at Boyne Island and 67mm at Benaraby.

Many roads around the region are closed. You can check the full list here.

Earlier today emergency services were called to Deepwater, where a vehicle was stuck in floodwater.

Agnes Water Queensland Fire and Rescue Auxiliary service officers attended the scene to find the man was already out of the vehicle.

At 12.47pm, Awoonga Dam was at 102% capacity, with the water level at 40.13m.

UPDATE 9.50AM: The first trickle of water has just started over the spillway at Awoonga Dam.

Gladstone Area Water Board chief executive Jim Grayson yesterday said the dam was expected to spill over today.

Reader Steve Roberts has just sent in this photo of the first trickle.

The first trickle of water has just started flowing over the spillway at Awoonga Dam on Thursday morning. This photo was sent in by Steve Roberts.
The first trickle of water has just started flowing over the spillway at Awoonga Dam on Thursday morning. This photo was sent in by Steve Roberts. Steve Roberts

At 9.50am, the dam level was at 39.95m and the dam was at 100% capacity.

Gladstone has received 158mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am. Boyne Island has received 135mm, Benaraby 151mm and Awoonga Dam 108mm.

Miriam Vale has received 110mm, with 69mm at Seventeen Seventy.

The weather bureau has updated its severe weather warning, with a warning for damaging winds and heavy rainfall still in place for Gladstone.

Thunderstorms have been observed over parts of the Queensland coast and are forecast to become more widespread later today, especially over inland parts, with heavy to very heavy falls of rain expected.

Isolated 24 hour totals of more than 200mm are possible with thunderstorms.

Damaging wind gusts of around 110 km/h are also possible.

And at Gladstone golf course, 'water hazard' has taken on a whole new meaning.

Worker Steven Strathdee posted this video on Facebook:

 

6AM: DAMAGING winds of 110kmh and heavy rain are expected to continue today as wild and wet weather causes havoc around the Gladstone and central Queensland region.

Employees at Bechtel's APLNG construction site on Curtis Island were sent home an hour early yesterday because of the heavy rain.

>> Check today's Gladstone forecast here

>> Boaties move vessels out of harm's way

>> Road closures and conditions in Gladstone region

>> Residents tired of flooding every time it rains

And the Awoonga Dam is expected to spill over today, according to the CEO of the Gladstone Area Water Board, Jim Grayson.

But he didn't expect water levels would come as high as they did during the January 2013 floods.

"We've supplied the result of our models to the Local Disaster Management group," he said.

A Local Disaster Management Group spokesman confirmed there were now emergency action plans in place.

He said road closures were expected in the Boyne Valley and Pikes Crossing.

The weather radar shows plenty of rain over the Gladstone region at 6.15am on Thursday.
The weather radar shows plenty of rain over the Gladstone region at 6.15am on Thursday. Bureau of Meteorology

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said people should prepare for flash flooding.

"The weather warning has been issued for the next couple of days and there is a potential for flash flooding through coastal rivers," he said.

"The flood watch indicates we'll see rivers rise above the minor flood levels over the next few days," he said.

The weather system is expected to move through the region until early Saturday.

The Observer's Facebook liker Desley Malin Twiner posted this photo, saying,
The Observer's Facebook liker Desley Malin Twiner posted this photo, saying, "Cannot believe how many people are going past the road closed sign in Friend St, only turn around after they see how much water is over the road. Contributed

A severe weather warning remains in place for the Gladstone region.

The bureau said at 5:30am areas of heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms were observed on weather radar over parts of the Capricornia region, with 63mm of rain in the hour to 5.30am recorded in Gladstone.

The region is expected to be affected by heavy rain or damaging wind gusts in the next several hours.

A major upper low pressure system is drifting eastwards over the central interior, while a surface low/trough will remain relatively stationary.

Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals of 50-100mm are expected with isolated totals over 150mm possible.



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