Qld, NSW in for a drenching: BOM

SOUTHERN Queensland and Northern New South Wales are expected to cop a drenching over the next 24 hours, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Wednesday is predicted to be the biggest day in terms of rainfall across Toowoomba, the Darling Downs, Bundaberg, the Widebay Districts, Hervey Bay and Maryborough with more storms and strong winds also forecast.

Heavy rain and damaging winds are also expected to develop over the Northern Rivers late on Wednesday.

Flash flooding is likely and wind gusts in excess of 90 km/hr may occur.

A separate Flood Watch has been issued for coastal rivers from the Queensland border to Coolangatta.

Emergency services advise do not enter flood water. Stay well clear of creeks, storm drains and causeways.

Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES on telephone number 132 500.

For updates and flood warnings visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.

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