A stormy morning in Queensland saw an unprecedented wildfire surge to the east of the state, with bushfires raging on in the far north and the state’s capital Brisbane.
The National Weather Service said a storm was brewing, with a high chance of showers and gusty winds in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The weather service also warned of high winds and rain, with heavy downpours and high winds.
The weather service warned people in the north west and west of the Queensland state capital, Brisbane, to expect a high wind on Wednesday morning and the possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said a severe weather warning had been issued for the city of Brisbane.
“It is very concerning and very dangerous,” Ms Palasza said.
She said Queensland was experiencing a “big wildfire surge” in the state and the fire threat was rising rapidly.
Cabinet minister Peter Barilaro said Queensland had been hit hard by the fires.
Mr Barilaros said more than 10,000 homes were without power and about 300 firefighters were working to contain the blaze.
But Queensland’s National Emergency Management Agency said Queenslanders could expect to experience heavy rain and wind.
Firefighters were battling to contain an area of bushfire that has grown from a handful of trees to thousands of acres.
At least three fires are burning in Queensland and the country’s largest city, Brisbane.
Queenslanders are warned of a heavy rain as the fire season continues.
A weather warning has been issued to Brisbane for Tuesday afternoon and rain is expected in the central state.
Flooding in the city is expected.
Rain is expected to fall over Brisbane and other parts of the country on Tuesday.
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