The weather radar over Gladstone as at noon on Thursday, April 30.
The weather radar over Gladstone as at noon on Thursday, April 30. Bureau of Meteorology

Flood watch in place across Gladstone region

UPDATE NOON: A flood watch remains in place for the Capricornia region, with catchments at risk including the Dawson, Calliope, Boyne, Baffle and Kolan Rivers.

Rainfall totals of 50-150mm are forecast over inland catchments from Thursday to early Saturday, with totals of 200-400mm over coastal catchments.

River level rises above the minor flood level are possible, particularly over the coastal catchments.

Heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the flood watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings, and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.

Gladstone has received 25mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am on Thursday, with 27mm at Benaraby and 19mm at Awoonga Dam.

Meanwhile, a severe weather warning has been issued from parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett regions, along with the Southeast Coast, Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.

The bureau predicts a strong upper trough will move east into the south-eastern interior of Queensland on Friday and then move off the southern coast during Saturday.

A surface trough will deepen near Fraser Island during Friday, with a low pressure system most likely developing and slipping southwards over southern Queensland waters during Friday evening and Saturday morning.

A moist wind flow to the south of the surface trough is expected to combine with the upper feature to generate heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, over areas south-east of about Hervey Bay to Dalby to Warwick on Friday. 

The heavy rain areas should contract south-east during Friday, gradually clearing to the Gold Coast during Saturday morning.

EARLIER: A flood watch is in place for the Capricornia weather region, which includes Gladstone.

Showers, storms and rain areas associated with a trough and low pressure system are expected over the flood watch area from Thursday to early Saturday.

Rainfall will gradually contract to south-east Queensland.

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The Bureau of Meteorology warns rainfall totals of 50-150mm are forecast over inland catchments, with totals of 200-400mm over coastal catchments.

River level rises above the minor flood level are possible, especially over the coastal catchments.

Heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding.

Catchments at risk include the Dawson River.

Gladstone had received 7.8mm in the hour between 5am and 6am on Thursday, and 22.5mm from 9am on Wednesday to 6am on Thursday.

The forecast for Thursday is rain, with a top of 23 degrees.