Severe weather warning issued for southwest Queensland

An upper low in the far southwest of the state today (Saturday) is deepening a surface trough over the Maranoa and Warrego district. These two systems are triggering showers and thunderstorms with heavy falls.

Heavy rainfall and possible damaging winds are forecast for the Maranoa and Warrego district, extending to adjacent parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West and the Channel Country.

Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is occurring across the warning area and will continue Saturday night into Sunday morning.

6-hourly rainfall totals of 50 to 100mm are likely, with locally heavier falls possible with thunderstorms.

Damaging winds, with gusts greater than 90 km/h, are a lesser threat but still possible with any organised thunderstorm activity in the warning area.

Flood Watches and Warnings are also current for this region with a Flood Watch for southern inland catchments between Thargomindah and St George issued for this event - please refer to the Bureau of Meteorology website

Locations which may be affected include Thargomindah, Charleville, Cunnamulla, St George, Roma, Quilpie, Isisford, Tambo, Blackall and Carnarvon National Park.