Severe storm dumps 300mm of rain, 75mm in hour

A SEVERE storm has lashed Queensland's Wide Bay coast, leaving flooded roads, fallen trees and downed powerlines in its wake.

More than 310mm of rain fell in Bundaberg, including 75mm in a single hour yesterday afternoon.

The heavy rain caused flooding in low lying areas and left large amounts of surface water on the roads, creating havoc for motorists who quickly became stranded when streets were cut off.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews received more than 90 calls for assistance as swirling wind gusts downed powerlines ripped roofs off houses.

State Emergency Service volunteers helped people with minor house flooding and other damage as more than 5000 homes lost power.

One Bundaberg woman said the wind gusts looked like a "mini tornado" and caused significant damage to her home.

"It shook the whole house, there's damage everywhere and I saw a trampoline in the middle of the road," she said.

Further north, the main roads into Agnes Waters including Rosedale Rd were closed due to localised flooding.

At Woodgate, northwest of Hervey Bay, more than 214mm of rain fell in three hours.

Meteorologist Michelle Berry said the severe conditions were the result of two weather systems intersecting.

"An upper level trough over the interior of Queensland created a lot of deep moisture and instability.

"Combined with a coastal surface trough over the Wide Bay area (it was) an additional trigger for the storm," she said.

Last night the weather bureau issued another severe thunderstorm warning for locally destructive winds and flash flooding for the Wide Bay coastal area including Bundaberg, Maryborough and Hervey Bay.

The heavy rainfall is expected to impact the northern end of the Sunshine Coast before moving off shore early this morning.

The cool temperatures are expected to continue in Brisbane with a chance of storms and top of 23C predicted today.

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