THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a weather warning saying heavy rainfall will develop over parts of southern central districts tonight and persist into Saturday.
The renewed warning which was issued at 5.12pm comes as rain starts to fall heavily across large parts of Queensland.
In the 24 hours up to 9am this morning The Upper Finch Hatton rain gauge - west of Mackay - recorded 66mm of rain.
Since 9am the heaviest falls have been closer to the city with 17mm falling at the Rowallen Park gauge.
Further south there have been some falls - although none of huge significance and the BOM are forecasting for the worst of the weather to hit tomorrow.
At this stage warnings are for strong wind gusts on the Capricorn Coast developing tonight and remaining into tomorrow.
"A deep upper low over western Queensland will remain slow moving through the remainder of today and Saturday," the BOM warns.
"A surface trough is developing north of Bowen and will extend south later today and overnight. This trough will then slip further southwards during Saturday before weakening during Sunday.
"Damaging winds are expected to develop about the Capricorn coast and islands tonight and persist through Saturday. These winds may extend to adjacent inland areas in the Capricornia district, particularly about higher terrain.
"Gusts to about 90 km/h are possible.
"Heavy rainfall will develop about the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, and southern Central Coast districts tonight and persist through Saturday. Isolated 6 hourly falls exceeding 90mm are possible, with some potential for flash flooding in susceptible areas.
"A Flood Watch has been issued for the Fitzroy, Barcoo, Warrego, Maranoa, and southern parts of the Burdekin River catchments.
"Locations which may be affected include Gladstone, Emerald, Rockhampton, Clermont, Biloela, Blackwater, Yeppoon, St Lawrence and Carnarvon National Park."
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