BREAKING: Gladstone in chaos as flash flooding takes over
THE emergency services are responding to reports of a person clinging to a fence post on Gladstone Monto Rd after hitting flood waters today.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service are also on the way to the Dawson Hwy, with reports of a vehicle stuck in flood waters.
People are continuing to be urged to adhere to the message - if it's flooded forget it.
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IT'S CHAOS on Gladstone streets.
Flash flooding has rapidly taken over Gladstone streets, with random power outages across the region.
Emergency services are dwindling thin, with crews being called out to jobs across the region.
There are reports of a number of road incidents, including a motorist who has crashed into a power pole, random objects floating down the streets, and even cars trapped in storm water - with drivers still inside.
While they are just a few of many - two of The Observer's reporters are currently stranded after being caught out in rapidly approaching flood water.
The Observer is urging motorists to stay off the roads where possible, and for people to stay inside.
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GLADSTONE residents are in for a wet, windy and rough morning as Ex - Tropical Cyclone Debbie passes over the region this morning.
The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted the now downgraded to a tropical low system will bring with her damaging wind gusts of of up 125kmh.
It's expected that the Gladstone region will receive anywhere in between150 mm - 200 mm of rainfall today.
Heavy rainfall will move into the Darling Downs and Southeast Coast districts this morning.
As at 7pm, last night Awoonga Dam was at 88% capacity and approximately 38.5m (1.5m below spillway) and slowly rising.
Gladstone Area Waterboard staff are monitoring inflows and will advise the Gladstone Local Disaster Management Group and residents if a spill is expected.
Dam levels are regularly updated on the website.
The tropical low is expected to pass over Fraser Island this afternoon.
A flood watch is now active for coastal catchments between Gladstone and the NSW border, extending inland to parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Maranoa and Warrego, and Darling Downs and Granite Belt.
The BOM said "major flooding is likely", as river levels across the state rise.
Locally, the Calliope, Boyne and Baffle catchments are said to be most at risk of flooding.
Some people in regional areas of Gladstone have already been isolated by flooding from creeks and rivers.
Flash flooding is also a risk across the region, while ever the heavy rain continues.
SKY News meteorologist Tristan Meyers told The Observer heavy rain is predicted today and tomorrow, but should ease off at the weekend.
WHAT TO DO IN BAD WEATHER:
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by BoM at 11am.