Wild weather set to sweep across Qld/NSW border

The Gold Coast and southeast Queensland could be in for a few storms today, but it seems the brunt of the wild weather will now hit further west.

Up to 120 millimetres of rain is expected to fall in some inland border regions over the next 24 hours.

Here on the Gold Coast, the Bureau is now only forecasting about 40 millimetres across today and tomorrow.


Despite most of the wild weather missing the Gold Coast, we are being told that we could still see storms as well.

No official warnings have been given to us just yet.

The SES is preparing to send helicopter crews out to western parts of the state after the Bureau issued a severe weather warning for the region.

The current advice for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt regions and parts of Maranoa and Warrego Forecast Districts from the Bureau is below.

Weather Situation:
A low pressure system over northeastern South Australia will move eastwards into New South Wales today, and a trough will extend from the low into southern inland Queensland. An extremely moist airmass will be drawn southwards from the tropics ahead of these features, producing heavy rain areas and widespread thunderstorm activity across the region. Conditions will gradually clear from the west of the area early on Friday morning.

Areas of HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to flash flooding are forecast to become more widespread over southern inland Queensland from early Thursday morning. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 50 and 100 mm are likely in many localities within the warning area.

Severe thunderstorms may also develop and produce localised INTENSE RAINFALL which may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding, with six-hourly rainfall totals exceeding 150mm possible. Thunderstorms may also produce localised areas of damaging to destructive winds. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued if this threat eventuates.

A flood watch is current in the area, with MAJOR FLOODING likely around the Darling Downs and Granite Belt. Refer to current flood warnings at http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/

Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Roma, Charleville, Stanthorpe, Goondiwindi and St George.

80mm fell in the 3hrs leading up to midnight last night at Stanthorpe.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* 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.