Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley in for drenching later today

Heavy rainfall sweeps towards Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley.
Heavy rainfall sweeps towards Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley.

UPDATE: Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley could be in for a serious drenching this afternoon with storms sweeping towards the city from the north-east.

A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall remains active, with the Bureau of Meteorology saying flash flooding is possible.

Since 12.40pm yesterday, more than 26mm has been recorded at the Toowoomba Airport.

Falls of between 50-150mm are possible within the next 24 hours, according to the Bureau of Meteorology's severe weather warning.

There are predictions of showers and thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon.

EARLIER: Heavy rain that could spark flash flooding is rolling towards the Darling Downs and Toowoomba today.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning for those affected regions. It predicts rainfall of between 50 - 150mm over the next 24 hours.

The warning reads:

"Rain areas, currently extending through districts to the east of the trough, are expected to develop further in the next 24 hours.

"Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to develop during today through the Wide Bay and Burnett, southeastern Central Highlands and Coalfields, the eastern Maranoa and Warrego and the Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.

"Heavy rainfall areas are likely to extend to the Southeast Coast district during the afternoon and evening. 24 hour totals of 50 to 150mm are likely, with some isolated heavier falls expected.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Ipswich, Maroochydore, Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Stanthorpe, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Taroom, Kingaroy and St George.

 


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500

The next warning is due to be issued by 11:05 am.
 



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