A SEVERE weather warning is in place for parts of central Queensland where authorities say heavy rainfall may cause flash flooding.
The weather bureau is predicting heavy rainfall from Gladstone to the NSW border tonight and tomorrow.
More than 200mm of rain is expected in some areas and strong winds are likely from Bowen to Bundaberg.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Ben Annels says flood warnings are in place for Balonne, Thompson, Barcoo and western rivers as well as Cooper Creek.
He says an earlier severe thunderstorm warning for Brisbane has since been lifted, although further thunderstorms are possible.
Seqwater says water at Wivenhoe and Somerset dams is being released in preparation for more heavy rain, and water will also be released at North Pine and Leslie Harrison dams.