Severe storm warnings for Queensland regionsFriday December 28, 2012 - 08:40 EDT
A severe thunderstorm warning remains current for many parts of central and western Queensland.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned this morning of damaging wind and heavy rainfall for people in the state's Central Highlands, central-west, Maranoa, Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt regions.
The storms may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations that may be affected include Emerald, Clermont, Lochington, Blackwater, Barcaldine, Rolleston, Springsure, Aramac, Muttaburra, Elgin Downs, Aberfoyle, Nandowrie, Carnarvon National Park, St George, Dirranbandi, Goondiwindi, Moonie and Surat.
A resident from the Central Highlands region reported about 60 millimetres of rain in one hour at 4:30am (AEST).
The weather bureau is also tracking a low pressure system off the Solomon Islands, which it says has a moderate chance of forming into a cyclone over the next three days.
© ABC 2012
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