Flash Flood in Australia on October 02 2017 07:25 AM (UTC).
The severe weather drenching and damaging the Queensland coast is approaching Brisbane, with power outages, flooding and intense rainfall occurring further north on Monday afternoon. Bundaberg was being battered by wet and wild weather mid-afternoon. Almost 5000 properties were without power, flash flooding was taking hold across the city and a month's worth of rain fell in an hour. A total of 75 millimetres was recorded in Bundaberg during the hour to 2.30pm. There were also reports that some form of a tornado had swept through, with images showing significant damage being posted on social media. Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said having seen the images and video, he believed "the damage was consistent with something like a tornado". He added that given the "massive downpour and thunderstorm" nearby, the weather was "conducive" to a tornado occurring. Mr Dutschke said the heaviest rain was expected to hit Brisbane during the early evening. He said the falls could be enough to cause flash flooding, before the rain eased off overnight ahead of showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday. The Bureau of Meteorology registered falls of more than 100 millimetres within a matter of hours on Monday and issued a variety of severe weather warnings throughout the day. Three troughs were set to combine - an upper trough over south-west Queensland, an inland trough through the central interior and a slow-moving coastal trough over the Capricornia waters. "Six hourly rainfall totals of 90 millimetres to 120 millimetres are possible, with isolated heavier falls up to 180 millimetres possible, particularly near the Wide Bay coast," the bureau warned on Monday. "The upper trough is expected to weaken while slipping further south-eastwards overnight tonight into Tuesday. "Heavy rain is then expected to focus further offshore of the coast from early Tuesday morning. "Thunderstorms will likely occur in the wake of the rain band through Tuesday through the south-eastern quarter of the state." Locations that may be affected include Gympie, Bundaberg, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, Biloela, Blackwater, Rolleston and Baralaba. Barnetts Road, north-west of Bundaberg, recorded 112 millimetres in the six hours to 11am on Monday. Belyando Creek, west of Mackay, received 153 millimetres in the 24 hours to 1pm. Castle Creek, west of Bundaberg, saw 140 millimetres fall in the 24 hours to 11am. Peak Vale, north-west of Emerald, registered falls of 93 millimetres in the three hours to 4am. A separate severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds and heavy rainfall was also in place. "Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours," the bureau warned mid-afternoon. "Locations which may be affected include Hervey Bay and Hervey Bay waters. "A separate Severe Weather Warning is current for heavy rainfall in areas south of about Emerald to Gladstone and north of about Taroom to Noosa Heads."