River at M'boro predicted to stay below minor flood levels
UPDATE: The Mary River at Maryborough is expected to stay below minor flood levels but river levels at Tiaro are forecast to exceed the minor flood level sometime on the weekend.
A Bureau of Meteorology flood warning issued about 9am on Friday showed 120-250mm of rain had fallen over the upper Mary River Catchment in the past day.
The bureau said major flood levels were occurring at Tagigan Rd and rises were occurring downstream at Bauple East.
EARLIER UPDATE: Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding in the next several hours on Fraser Island.
The Bureau of Meteorology, which issued the severe thunderstorm warning at 6.12am on Friday, said Hervey Bay waters were also likely to be affected.
The next warning is due to be issued by 9.15am.
EARLIER UPDATE: More than 40mm of rain was dumped on Maryborough in an hour-and-a-half from 11.30pm on Thursday.
Bureau of Meteorology figures show the downpour took the total rainfall since 9am on Thursday until 4am on Friday to almost 90mm.
A little more than half of that total fell in Hervey Bay during the same period.
The bureau recorded a heavy shower between 2am and 3.30am, with more than 10mm falling, taking the total rainfall in Hervey Bay since 9am on Thursday to 46mm.
A Howard resident has reported 136mm in their home rain gauge in the 24 hours to 6am on Friday and a Toogoom resident has reported receiving 104mm.
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EARLIER: Rain has helped to replenish Lenthalls Dam this week, but it is nowhere near the level needed, Wide Bay Water chief executive officer Peter Care said.
Mr Care said Lenthalls Dam, which serves as Hervey Bay's water supply, had risen by only 90mm across three days of rain.
He said there was no indication the rain was enough to ease water restrictions put in place earlier this month, but it would be reviewed over coming days.
Mr Care said the rain had brought a major drop in town water consumption, from 22 megalitres per day to only 12-15 megalitres while it has rained.
"People aren't watering their gardens," he said.
"When people aren't watering their gardens, we can save 10 megalitres per day."
Yesterday's forecast falls of up to 150mm did not eventuate before 5pm, with less than 10mm in both cities.
However, rainfall since Tuesday has been strong.
A total 27 mm fell in Hervey Bay on Tuesday with 37mm on Wednesday.
In Maryborough 28mm fell on Tuesday with a further 43mm on Wednesday.
A thunderstorm warning has been issued for Friday.