Severe thunderstorms with intense rainfall of up to 160 millimeters are predicted to hit parts of south-east Queensland on Friday, as flood warnings are extended and emergency services remain on alert.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a minor flood warning for Brisbane City late on Thursday, with a major flood warning still in place for Warrill Creek and the Bremer River near Ipswich.
Heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding were forecast for the early hours of Friday, as the bureau warned there could be six-hourly rainfall totals between 100 and 160 millimeters in the Wide Bay and Burnett regions.
Moderate flood warnings were in place for the Mary River – Gympie and the Sunshine Coast were put on emergency alert – as well as the upper Brisbane and Stanley rivers.
Torrential rain has continued across large parts of the state, resulting in several people getting stuck in floodwater, and a search initiated for a missing man at a campsite near Gympie, who was found before nightfall.
Scores of roads were cut due to flooding, 17 schools were closed, and Brisbane’s ferry services were cancelled.
The system, an upper low, was expected to move slowly southwards on Friday afternoon and into the evening.
The bureau warned that severe storms predicted for central and northern Queensland, and the southern interior, could include damaging winds. That brings the risk of trees being uprooted in sodden soil.