RESIDENTS can breathe a sigh of relief according to Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman who says the region is unlikely to experience anything more than localised, isolcated flash flooding. 

He said a low pressure system was moving south, away from Bundaberg and towards Northern New South Wales. 

He said flooding was limited to isolated, localised flash flooding and no widespread flooding was expected. 

Bundaberg Regional Council is monitoring rain in catchments, but there has been no concern. 

"The local disaster management group has not been activated nor is it expected to be given the forecast," Cr Forman said. 

A surface low is expected to deepen near Fraser Island and move southwards along Queensland's south coast during the evening and overnight. The low is supported by a strong upper trough moving across the southern Queensland. The upper trough together with the low will move away from the south coast during Saturday.

Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected over areas of the southeast corner, from about Bundaberg to Dalby to Stanthorpe. Further falls of 50 to 150mm are likely, with isolated falls between 200 to 300mm possible, mainly about the coast and with thunderstorms.

Falls of between 100mm to 200mm have been recorded around the Sunshine Coast region since yesterday.
The heavy rain areas should contract towards the Gold Coast by later tonight and are expected to move off the Gold Coast during Saturday morning.

Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90km/h are possible near coastal areas as the low moves southwards later today and tonight.

The low is likely to generate large swells causing dangerous surf about the Fraser Island, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast beaches. The dangerous surf conditions are likely to produce significant beach erosion for these areas.

Water levels could exceed the highest tide of the year by around half a metre during this evening's high tide.

A Flood Watch is current for parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast and the Darling Downs and Granite Belt forecast districts.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Caboolture, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Noosa, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Kingaroy and Stanthorpe.

The Severe Weather Warning for the Central Highlands and Coalfields has now been cancelled.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.
* Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
The next warning is due to be issued by 5:20 pm.



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