More rain for sodden district



HEAVY rain and strong winds were enough to keep most of us inside, but Bundaberg's surfers thought all their Christmases had come at once yesterday.

By 10am yesterday a strong high pressure system was located over the southwest Tasman Sea and a small low was situated north-east of Bundaberg - creating gale force winds of up to 80kmh.

Bureau of Meteorology severe weather forecaster Peter Otto warned people the rain could stick around, and it may even get wetter.

"There is a significant chance of substantial falls over the next few days,'' Mr Otto said.

"If the low travels closer, then we can expect more rain - this is just the edge of what is possible.''

Volunteer Marine Rescue radio operator Rhonda Stafford said the rough seas were enough to keep boaties at home.

Queensland Life Savers Wide Bay Capricorn regional development manager

Craig Holden said people should try to stay away from the beach.

"Be very, very careful - it is very messy and rough out there,'' Mr Holden said.

The bureau recorded 27.2mm of rain in Bundaberg in the 24 hours to 3pm yesterday, with 17.2mm falling between 9am and 3pm.

More than 30mm of rain fell in Builyan, while 33mm fell in Town of 1770 from 9am to 3pm yesterday.



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