SWIFT water rescue crews are on stand-by to respond to emergencies across the region 150kmh winds and rain starts to hammer the region.

Specialist crews are stationed at Bundaberg, Gympie, Noosa and Maroochydore as well as out west to Gayndah in the North Coast region.

The team at Maroochydore were packing their trucks this morning ready to respond where necessary.

The rescue pack includes an inflatable boat, flotation ropes, life jackets, helmets and extra safety equipment for any casualties.

Swift water rescue team gets prepared for Cyclone Marcia to hit the Sunshine Coast with a large amount of rain predicted. Photo: Nicola Brander / Sunshine Coast Daily
Swift water rescue team gets prepared for Cyclone Marcia to hit the Sunshine Coast with a large amount of rain predicted. Photo: Nicola Brander / Sunshine Coast Daily Nicola Brander

"It's that old saying that is so true in these events- if it's flooded, forget it," Mr Herbert said.

"There is a predicted 300-500mm of rain and if that comes down in a central location, roads can be quickly inundated with water.

"It only take 10-20mm of wait height to start affecting someone's ability on the road and can affect the way a car travels across a causeway.

"We have crews on stand-by equipped with all the swift water equipment and vehicles so they can access wherever they need to be in case there are any incidents.

"We have the McDermotts Helicopters on stand-by at the Sunshine Coast Airport, so we can use that in case there is an incident that is difficult to access."
 


Crews will travel throughout the region in the next few days, monitoring the major rivers and creeks and checking on roads which are notorious for flooding.

The Mary River will be in their sights in particular, to monitor the safety of the Bruce Highway.

There are 50 swift water rescue technicians across the region from Bundaberg to Caloundra ready to respond.

Wind gusts of up to 150 km/h are tipped across parts of the state's central and southern areas, along with torrential rain in the next 24 hours.

Queensland Police has issued the following advice if you have to drive in bad weather:
* Drive with head light on (not high beam).
* Slow down - drive to the conditions.
* Increase stopping distances.
* Avoid using cruise control.
* Avoid sudden movements (heavy braking/steering/acceleration).
* Demist your windows.
* Check tyre tread/pressures.
* Don't drive through water you don't know the depth of.
* Seek alternate route if safer.



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