Brisbane is being warned to prepare for severe weather this weekend, as a major wet system makes its way across Queensland. Fire and emergency crews are on standby, with winds of of more than 120 kilometres per hour already recorded in other parts of the state.
“Heavy rainfall, flooding and damaging winds are possible as the system moves through central and southern Queensland,” Fairfax quoted Bureau of Meteorology state manager Bruce Gunn as saying.
Gunn said the heaviest falls were expected on Sunday and Monday. Beyond Brisbane the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, eastern districts south of Rockhampton and Emerald including Gladstone, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay were expected to be the hardest hit.
The wet weather is forecast to remain until Tuesday, when the system will move out to sea.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll said in the same Fairfax report that crews were ready to respond over the weekend.
"QFES is working closely with the bureau and is monitoring any areas of concern," she said. "Over coming days and throughout summer, the message is simple: If it's flooded, forget it."