WEATHER: Heavy rain, damaging winds to lash Queensland
PARTS of the state are on alert for wild weather as a low develops over central Queensland, bringing heavy rain, thunderstorms and windy conditions.
The impact on the Sunshine Coast is expected to be less severe than elsewhere but strong winds, cool temperatures and up to 35mm of rain has been forecast for the Coast by the Bureau of Meteorology.
South easterly winds are forecast to range from 15-25kmh on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday becoming 25-40kmh before dawn.
Swell hitting the Sunshine Coast is expected to increase with the winds.
Severe weather warnings have been issued for damaging winds and heavy rainfall for the Central highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia and parts of the Central Coast and Whitsundays.
Heavy rains could bring falls exceeding 90mm in six hours and a Flood Watch has been issued for catchments in central Queensland.
The rains are expected to develop on Friday and continue into Saturday and damaging wind gusts are likely along the Capricorn Coast and inland areas.
Elsewhere in the state, including on the Sunshine Coast, South East Gulf of Carpentaria, North East Gulf of Carpentaria, Cooktown Coast, Cairns Coast, Townsville Coast, Mackay Coast, Hervey Bay and Fraser Island Coast strong wind warnings have been issued.
An upper trough will intensify over western Queensland today and remain slow moving on Saturday, the Bureau of Meteorology reports.
"However there is some uncertainty about the strength and position of this feature. As a result of these features, widespread rain is expected across central and southern Queensland during the next few days," the bureau has stated.
Higgins Storm Chasing has also warned of the wild weather event, saying that winds could exceed 90km/h making large waves and damaging surf.
"This system has always been forecast to contain widespread good rainfall with heavier pockets however the models have just turned it up a notch so there isn't much lead time available on this one" he said.
"The very strong winds are likely to develop late Friday night, peak in intensity during Saturday before easing Sunday. Heavy rain is expected to begin early Friday lasting through until late Saturday before easing on Sunday."