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Flash flooding threat eases in central Qld

By Andree Withey and Brock Taylor, Wednesday February 27, 2013 - 13:39 EDT

Central Queensland will today bear the brunt of the state's wild weather, but the bureau says the rain will not be as heavy as that seen further south this week.

Senior forecaster Peter Otto says a severe weather warning has been cancelled.

"We still do have a forecast of moderate to heavy falls between Bowen and Gladstone today," he said.

"There'll still be some decent rain and potential for flooding through there, but the flash flooding and the very rapid river rises and stream rises that can really catch people out I think that's unlikely.

"We're expecting a slight easing in the weather over the central coast area.

"It's still going to be the focal point for today - the central coast and the Capricornia coast - with some moderate to heavy falls but the likelihood of flash flooding has I think eased through that region."

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers says many communities on the central coast have also been isolated.

"It is hard because we haven't had time to get over the last lot of rain," she said.

Since 9:00am (AEST) yesterday, Mackay has recorded 120 millimetres of rain.

A number of flights into Mackay Airport last night had to be diverted to Brisbane and Townsville due to the wet weather.

Weather bureau spokesman Chris Joseph says more heavy falls are predicted today with moderate to heavy falls tomorrow.

"The upshot of all that is heavy rain right across the region but there aren't any flood warnings at the moment," he said.


© ABC 2013

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