Gladstone escapes worst of weather as rain hits coast
A SEVERE weather warning for heavy rain remains in place for Gladstone, despite the city largely escaping the heavy falls that have been experienced along the Queensland coast.
Gladstone has received 24.4mm of rain since 9am on Monday.
Further south, the Sunshine Coast is bracing for another 100-200mm in the next 24 hours, after 80 to 240mm of rain across the Coast over the past 24 hours.
At Kilcoy, northwest of Caboolture, a man died after his car was swept off Mary Smokes Creek Rd into floodwaters about 4pm.
On Monday night, emergency service workers were searching bushland close to swollen Six Mile Creek at Pomona, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, after a woman abandoned her car after coming across a flooded road.
The 49-year-old woman left her car on Porters Rd and entered nearby bushland in an attempt to walk home.
And in Gympie, the Bruce Hwy has been closed at Traveston South because of floodwaters.
The Bureau of Meteorology reports that at 4am Tuesday, a slow moving upper low was situated over the Central Highlands and Coalfields district, and a surface trough was located through the Capricornia and Wide Bay and Burnett districts.
Areas of heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding are expected to continue through the Capricornia, Wide Bay, Burnett and Southeast Coast district north of Brisbane.
Locations which may be affected include Rockhampton, Gladstone, Gympie, Bundaberg, Kingaroy, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, the Sunshine Coast and adjacent hinterland areas, Brisbane, Ipswich, and the Lockyer Valley.
Currently, the heaviest rain is located on the radar over the eastern Capricornia district.
Rainfall totals since 9am Monday include 258mm at Lake MacDonald Dam (west of Tewantin), 241mm at Yandina, 206mm at Mapleton, 120mm at Jindalee, and 116mm at Grandchester.
The focus for heavy rain is expected to contract north into the Wide Bay, Burnett and Capricornia districts today.