BUNDABERG faces a drenching of up to 400mm of rain as the city's mayor urges residents to "pray . . . hard" to be spared another flood.
Nervous residents were stockpiling food, water and candles as they prepared for the worst, The Courier-Mail reports.
About six water spouts formed off tornado-ravaged Bargara yesterday, leading to fears that tornadoes would again hit the seaside town.
Mayor Mal Forman said the weather bureau was predicting up to 200mm today and 200mm tomorrow, with some pockets potentially experiencing 100mm in a six-hour burst.
Cr Forman said it was less than a month since some residents had lost everything in the city's worst flood.
"I believe there would be a large number of residents who are nervous if this does produce the type of rain they are predicting," Cr Forman said.
Bargara resident Janelle Stephanides said there was nothing people could do but wait for the weather to hit.
"What can you do?" Ms Stephanides, whose house was damaged when a tornado roared through the town on Australia Day, said.
"How much more preparation can I do? I've got 10kg of rice and longlife milk. We've got a metho burner camping stove and wonderful scented candles."
Ms Stephanides said weather-weary residents were scared.
"It scares the living daylights out of me, I'll be honest.
"There's a lot of people who are still on edge. You hear a loud noise or a plane - if I can't identify a sound in three to four seconds, my heart rate goes up."
East Bundaberg resident Cheryl McDowell's house on Alexandra St is usually one of the first to flood.
She and husband Jimmy are the only residents left in the neighbourhood after three successive floods. "I'm sick of it," she said. "I hope the council will buy us out."
Residents were being urged to secure loose items.
Read more at The Courier-Mail.