Queensland weather: 650mm rain, road closures, cars washed away

Queenslanders have been warned to brace for wild weather with a major flooding emergency unfolding across stretches of the state.

More than 650mm of rain dumped at Mt Kanigan, 200km north of Brisbane, while similar downpours have resulted nearby areas being drenched.

Residents in the nearby town of Gympie were issued a major flooding alert at 7.30am on Saturday, with all motorists advised to stay off the roads.

Parts of the Bruce Highway appear to have been washed away near Curra, with motorists urged to seriously reconsider travel plans.

Cars have also been washed off the roads and houses flooded, with rescue teams deployed to hardest hit areas on Friday night.

Locals in Gunalda, north of Gympie, reportedly spent the night sheltering at its local petrol station as properties were inundated with water.

It comes after flash flooding warnings for those between Paradise Dam and Mt Kanigan on Friday night as much of the state’s southeast battled wet and wild weather.

The rain was caused by ex-tropical cyclone Seth, which mostly impacted Queensland’s far north.

The Buerue of Meteroolgy said the remnants of Seth had moved over land in the southeast and was weakening rapidly through Saturday.

A trough extends across western, central, and southern Queensland, and will contract into western Queensland over the next few days.

A high in the southern Tasman Sea extends a ridge along the east coast south of Townsville, the high will linger near New Zealand for several days maintaining the ridge.

A monsoon trough also extends across the northern Coral Sea.

The low or tropical cyclone is forecast to cross the far northeast coast on Monday, moving west across Cape York Peninsula during Monday and Tuesday and drawing the monsoon trough across northern Queensland.

The low or tropical cyclone is forecast to reach the Gulf of Carpentaria on Tuesday then continue moving west.

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