UPDATE: Storm brings down powerlines at West Gladstone
7.22PM: FALLEN powerlines on Patrick St at West Gladstone are being repaired by Ergon Energy crews.
Patrick St and Rigby Crescent were briefly closed by police and firefighters earlier this evening until repair crews arrived. No power outages are currently reported by Ergon Energy.
That's all folks - the severe thunderstorm warning is no longer in place for the Gladstone region.
7.08PM: Gladstone Mt Larcom Rd is officially closed at the Rio Tinto Roundabout and the Bruce Hwy.
Calliope River Rd at Yarwun also remains closed.
Further south at Deepwater, a warning is in place for drivers travelling on Deepwater Rd to proceed with caution as there is water over the road.
7.05PM: PARAMEDICS are transporting a man to Gladstone Hospital after a vehicle rolled on the Bruce Hwy about 12kms north of Calliope.
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4.57PM: THIS afternoon's storm has arrived in Gladstone.
The Bureau of Meteorology's 128km radar loop shows a moderate to heavy band of rainfall coming in off the coast.
A severe thunderstorm warning remains in place from Bundaberg to Rockhampton.
2.32PM: CALLIOPE River Rd has been closed by the council due to water over the road at West Stowe and Yarwun, while Gladstone Mt Larcom Rd near the turnoff to Rio Tinto Yarwun has also gone under.
Tableland Rd at Mount Tom remains open however there is water over the road at two points, about 1km and 1.5km south of Fingerboard Rd.
Remember, if it's flooded - forget it.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in Gladstone over the next few hours. Remember - if it's flooded, forget it. #qldstorms pic.twitter.com/L4zd5Yxo4U— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) February 22, 2018
1.05PM: A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Gladstone Region by the Bureau of Meteorology.
The city is directly in the middle of the warning area identified the Bureau.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.
Meteorologist Jess Gardner told The Observer a very moist air mass is combining with an upper low to cause very unstable conditions across the region today.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are advising people to:
- Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
- Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
- Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
- Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
- For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
The next warning is due to be issued by 4pm.Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are advis
7.10AM: HEAVY rain has fallen on the Gladstone Region for the second night in a row.
Similar numbers to Tuesday evening were recorded in the city itself but much more rainfall was concentrated in the region's south, with Barnetts Road reporting 80mm over the last 22 hours and Rapley's Alert close behind on 79mm.
1770 residents copped a downpour yesterday, with 122mm falling on the coastal town in the 24 hours up to 9am yesterday and the rain showing no sign of letting up last night (24hr totals to come).
About 200mm of fast-moving water has flooded a crossing on Tableland Rd, the road connecting Miriam Vale and Agnes Water to Bundaberg, though social media users are reporting Round Hill Rd and Fingerboard Rd (connecting Miriam Vale to Agnes Water) are still clear to pass through.
Police are reminding drivers not to attempt to drive through flood waters, by remembering the motto "If it's flooded, forget it".
Rainfall totals (9am yesterday to 7am today)
- Gladstone Radar: 24mm
- Gladstone Airport: 22mm
- Boyne Island Alert: 15mm
- Benaraby Alert: 11mm
- Calliope: 7mm
- Raglan Ck 16mm
- Miriam Vale: 30mm
- Westwood Range: 37mm
- Rapley's Alert: 79mm
- Captain Creek Alert: 62mm
- Essendean Bridge Alert: 59mm
- Hills Road Alert: 75mm
- Barnetts Road Alert: 80mm
- Alligator Flats Alert: 51mm
- Iveragh: 11mm
- Eden Alert: 8mm
- Today: Showers, possible storm (95% chance of rain) with heavy falls this morning. Max 29.
- Friday: 10-30mm (90%). Min 24 Max 30.
- Saturday: 5-15mm (90%). Min 24 Max 29.
- Sunday: 1-10mm (80%). Min 24 Max 31.
- Monday: 4-15mm (80%). Min 24 Max 31.
- Tuesday: 0-4mm (50%). Min 23 Max 30.
- Wednesday: 0-1mm (30%). Min 22 Max 29.