Rain to continue this morning as cyclone moves south-east

Gladstone Harbour Festival could not go ahead on Sunday because of the rain.
Gladstone Harbour Festival could not go ahead on Sunday because of the rain. Mike Richards

CYCLONE Ita will continue to rain on Gladstone's parade on Monday - but only for a short while.

The Bureau of Meteorology last night said festival-goers could expect rain this morning, showers in the afternoon and a clear evening.

There will be winds of up to 25km/hr, forecaster Pradeep Singh said.

"The rainfall in the Gladstone area is caused by Cyclone Ita in combination with a trough of low pressure moving towards the coast from inland," Mr Singh said.

The Boyne Island area received 33mm of rain and the Gladstone Airport 33mm by Sunday afternoon.

Flash flood warnings were likely but Ita was expected to be well off the Queensland coast on Tuesday.

Flash flood warnings were likely as the system travelled south but, unlike Cyclone Oswald which severely damaged much of the Gladstone region after turning into a vigorous low pressure system last year, Ita was expected to continue moving to the south-east.

Rockhampton Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Brendan Bradford said cyclones were a bit erratic in their path and "this one certainly has been".

A cyclone warning for coast and island communities from Sarina to Yeppoon has been issued this morning.

Ita is about 185km north-east of Yeppoon and is moving south-east at 34km/h.

Gales with gusts of up to 100km/hr are possible in the area, but should ease later today.

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