Joseph Mudge from Hervey Bay is preparing for the looming wet weather.
Joseph Mudge from Hervey Bay is preparing for the looming wet weather. Nat Bromhead

Rain, flash flooding predicted

AUTUMN arrived wet and warm yesterday amid warnings of heavy rainfall and damaging winds.

The tsunami alert that was coupled with monster weekend tides was cancelled but the weather bureau yesterday issued a severe weather warning for a large chunk of the state, including the Wide Bay and Burnett region.

Maryborough was drenched with several quick but heavy rain bursts yesterday, bringing the umbrellas out and filling the city’s ageing drains with gushing water.

Temperatures still reached the high 20s in both Maryborough and Hervey Bay, with an extreme UV index of 12.

Heavy rain and localised flash flooding was predicted for the region last night and for the next 24 hours.

The Bureau of Meteorology also forecast potentially damaging winds and urged all residents to secure loose property around their homes.

Emergency Management Qld issued a warning to residents to avoid playing in and driving through flooded roads and waterways after the loss of six lives to floodwaters in the past few months, including a 57-year-old man who drowned after riding his motorbike into floodwaters at Marian, near Mackay, on Sunday.

Hervey Bay received slightly above average rainfall this past summer, enjoying 401.8mm of the wet stuff.

Maryborough, on the other hand, only had 57 per cent of its average rainfall over summer, recording 264mm.

Bureau meteorologist Claire Webb said the outlook for autumn was close to average rainfall and temperatures likely to be above average.

Anyone needing help during or after a storm can call the SES on 132 500.

Telephone triple-0 for emergencies only.



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