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Queensland weather: Bundaberg hit with downpour, flash flooding as rain falls across state

By Ashleigh Stevenson and Kristian Silva, Monday October 2, 2017 - 19:42 EDT
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Heavy rain hit Bundaberg after noon, causing flash flooding. - ABC

A downpour has hammered Bundaberg and flash flooding is affecting the area, with the city hit by more than 300 millimetres of rain.

There are reports of localised flooding, with some motorists in the city stranded by floodwater.

About 5,000 properties have also lost power, according to energy supplier Ergon.

In a statement, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said the SES had responded to 90 callouts by 4:45pm, for fallen powerlines, roof damage and minor house flooding.

"Motorists are advised that some roads are flooded and to drive with caution and to conditions," QFES said.

"Never drive, walk or ride through floodwaters and keep clear of creeks and storm drains."

A severe thunderstorm warning for destructive winds and heavy rainfall has been issued for the Wide Bay and Burnett district.

In Bundaberg, rain had fallen steadily since about 10:30am, but a huge downpour occurred after lunch with 90mm falling in the space of 90 minutes.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster Michelle Berry said the rain was expected to head south towards Gympie and the Sunshine Coast.

"We will see this focus for heavy rain though eventually shifting offshore into the coral sea through Tuesday, and then we'll be left with showers and storms continuing over the eastern half of the state especially through inland parts," Ms Berry said.

Shortly after 6:00pm AEST, the BOM said Bundaberg had been hit with 335mm of rain during the day.

Earlier, Central Queensland received its heaviest rain since Cyclone Debbie in March as a trough moved across the state.

Belyando Creek has recorded 132mm of rain in the past 24 hours, with Castle Creek close behind with 116mm.

North Queensland cattle farmer Ainsley McArthur was delighted her property at Mystery Park west of St Lawrence had falls of 84mm overnight.

"The prediction was for 1-5 millimetres, so we were going to be grateful if we got the lawn watered," she said.

"When we woke up this morning and it was absolutely teeming down we were beside ourselves.

"It's been so dusty for quite a while and it was getting dry the cattle were certainly starting to suffer the effects of the deteriorating season.

"The kids, who've been mustering and working really hard over the holidays, they just can't believe it."


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