Severe storms, flooding warning in Qld

There is a risk of further flash flooding in parts of Queensland on Thursday after a grazier died when his vehicle was swept away in the state’s south.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned dangerous thunderstorms have been detected on the radar near Coolangatta and Miami in the Gold Coast region.

Intense rainfall is likely and could lead to “dangerous and life-threatening” flash flooding.

Falls in excess of 100mm has been observed in the 2 hours to 10:30am in the Gold Coast region. 

Residents in the Wide Bay, Burnett and Southeast Coast areas have been warned that storms producing heavy rain are likely over the next several hours.

Almost 60mm was reported in an hour to 9:30am at Oyster Creek, south of Gladstone and there was 33mm in 30 minutes at Bundaberg South.

The Bureau advised that a coastal trough moving ashore is responsible for the slow moving thunderstorms.

The 69-year-old grazier had been moving cattle to high ground at a property on Condamine River Rd, Killarney, about 8.30pm on Wednesday, police said.

A flash flood swamped his vehicle and swept it downstream.

Emergency services were called to the scene and found the vehicle with the man’s body inside almost four hours later, about 100m downstream.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

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