UPDATE 6PM: THE Sunshine Coast Council has activated its Disaster Coordination Centre but on a smaller scale than usual.
The Bureau of Meteorology yesterday issued a severe weather warning for heavy rain for tonight and tomorrow with a potential for flash flooding.
It said 150mm of rain was possible in a 24 hour period.
Coordinator Alan Rogers said rainfall on the Coast was expected to pick up about 10pm tonight, carrying on into the morning and into the afternoon before clearing.
"At this stage it's a different type of weather system from the one we saw last week. The bureau don't think there will be heavy dumps of rain, but that's not to say there won't be isolated heavy falls," Mr Rogers said.
"There probably won't be a lot happening this evening.
"Tomorrow morning and afternoon will be busy."
No council roads have been closed yet.
Council crews will around at 5am tomorrow to block roads and clear debris if necessary.
Mr Rogers implored motorists to take extreme care on the roads and to reconsider travel it not necessary.
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UPDATE 5PM: HEAVY rain which may lead to flash flooding is expected to develop this evening about the Sunshine Coast.
The Bureau of Meteorology has update its severe weather warning for people in the south east coast district and parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett district.
It says localised 24 rainfall totals in excess of 150mm are likely, especially about the Sunshine Coast.
Current moderate rain is located on radar near Fraser Island and areas north of Noosa, extending inland to near Gayndah.
The next warning is due to be issued by 11pm AEST.
Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:
- Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
- For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
An warning update from BOM is expected by 5pm AEST.
UPDATE 1.30PM: SUNSHINE Coast Council are expecting to activate its Disaster Coordination Centre by 5pm today.
Council has urged residents to stay indoors and avoid travel if possible as heavy rainfalls descend on the region.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that up to 150mm is likely over the next 24 hours, especially in the Hinterland region.
Sunshine Coast Council Local Disaster coordinator Alan Rogers expects the Disaster Coordination Centre to be activated at 5pm.
"Sunshine Coast residents - especially those in the Hinterland - are advised to make appropriate preparations and avoid travelling in these severe weather conditions," Mr Rogers said.
MORE TO COME
BREAKING: RAINFALL of up to 150mm is likely for the Sunshine Coast over a 24 hour period beginning this afternoon.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the south-east coast district and parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett district for heavy rain.
The Bureau have reported a low pressure system was located about 150km northeast of Sandy Cape on Fraser Island thi smorning.
The low is forecast to cross the Wide Bay coast this afternoon and remain over south-east Queensland tomorrow.
Heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding is expected to develop by late this afternoon and continue through Monday for areas east of the Great Dividing Range and south of Bundaberg.
24 hour rainfall totals in excess of 150mm are likely, especially about the Sunshine Coast.
Locations which may be affected include Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Gympie, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Ipswich.