Potentially devastating storms are forecast for central and far north Queensland as residents in the southeast continue to mop up after days of wild weather.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued its thunderstorm outlook for the state about midday on Saturday, warning towns between Port Douglas and Gladstone could be hammered with heavy rain, destructive winds and large hail before the end of the day.
The affected area also stretches west to Barcaldine, meaning the weather system could also bring some much-needed rain to the state’s parched interior.
Heavy rain has also continued to pummel parts of the southeastern corner, with Boondooma in the South Burnett region receiving more than 200mm in the 24 hours to 9am on Saturday.
Rain around the Gympie area is hampering clean up efforts from Thursday’s wild weather.
More than 50 households in that region are still without power, with Energex crews unable to restore the network until floodwaters across a number of causeways subside.
The damage bill from Thursday’s storms is still being assessed but is expected to be hefty, with crops wiped out, animals killed and roofs torn from homes.
An 11-year-old boy remains in a critical condition in a Brisbane hospital after being pinned under a large tree during clean-up work at a private property at Coolabunia.
A young mother is also recovering from significant bruising after being forced to use her body to shield her baby when they were caught in the fury of the sudden hailstorm in a car in the same area.
© AAP 2018