Severe weather warning issued for region
A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for the Capricornia region, which includes Gladstone, with the bureau predicting heavy rainfall and damaging winds on Wednesday.
The Bureau of Meteorology reports a major upper low pressure system over the interior of Queensland will deepen during the day and remain slow moving over the area on Thursday.
A surface low pressure system will also remain slow moving over the west of the state.
Thunderstorms and rain areas are expected to develop over central Queensland on Wednesdady and become more widespread during the night and Thursday.
Heavy to very heavy falls of rain are expected, with 24 hour totals of more than 250mm possible.
Damaging wind gusts of around 110 km/h are also expected, with thunderstorms on Wednesday night and Thursday.
The bureau says severe thunderstorms will likely affect parts of central Queensland and the northern interior during the day
A flood watch also has been issued for central Queensland and coastal areas between Townsville and Bundaberg.
Locations which may be affected include Gladstone, Emerald, Rockhampton, Clermont, Mackay, Proserpine, Ayr, Bowen, Collinsville and Hamilton Island.
Gladstone is expecting a top of 28 degrees on Wednesday.