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Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Central QLD

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A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for Central Queensland for this afternoon.

This warning comes after a flood warning was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology and further explained by Higgins Storm Chasers for the Central Queensland coastline.

What we know:

  • Blackwater and areas south of Gladstone recorded high levels of rainfall with Westwood Range recording 181mm in 24 hours
  • Flood warnings issued by BOM for Fitzroy catchment area including Dawson River downstream of Theodore, Don and Dee Rivers, Conners and Isaac Rivers
  • Higgins Storm Chasers warn flooding could occur between Bowen and Fraser Island in the next three days, and out west at Emerald.
  • Higgins forecast widespread rain in that area of 50-100mm daily and possible 300mm daily rainfall in local areas
  • Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Capricornia for the next several hours

More about the flood forecast here: Higgins and Bureau flood forecast

More about the thunderstorm warning here: Severe thunderstorm warning issued

 

THURSDAY MORNING: THUNDER, lightning and heavy rainfall put smiles on many Central Queensland faces last night.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Blackwater Airport recorded 120.6mm.

Westwood Range, south of Gladstone, recorded an astonishing 181mm in 24 hours while Kroombit Dam (also south of Gladstone) recorded 134mm in 24 hours.

Other monitors in the area also recorded rainfall over 100mm in a 24 hour period - Mt Seaview recorded 124mm, Cedar Vale recorded 101mm, Eden  102mm and Bulburin 111mm.

Rockhampton's overnight rainfall recording was 45.2mm, with Samuel Hill recording 58.6mm and St Lawrence recording 47mm.

Gladstone also had high recordings of rainfall overnight of 81.4mm in the city and 90.2mm at the airport.

Biloela recorded 54.6mm and Moranbah recorded 25.6mm.

The forecast for today for Rockhampton includes a 90% chance of showers with the likelihood of a thunderstorm with more heavy rainfall.

 

UPDATE 10.30AM: Jeff Higgins explains in a video that it could flood in areas between Bowen and Fraser Island in the next three days.

Higgins is warning that areas at risk from Hervey Bay north to Bowen inland to Emerald with widespread daily falls of 50 to 100mm expected with locally heavy daily falls to 300mm possible. 

The Bureau of Meteorology's latest flood warning for the Fitzroy River catchment area was posted online at 9.30am:

River rises and minor flooding are occurring along the Isaac River at Yatton. Minor flooding is also occurring along Callide Creek (Don River). Higher levels and moderate flooding are expected at both Yatton and on Callide Creek during Thursday.

At this stage river levels further downstream along the Fitzroy River at Rockhampton are expected to remain below the minor flood level.


DAWSON RIVER DOWNSTREAM OF THEODORE:

River level rises are occurring along the Dawson River from rainfall that occurred in the upper Dawson River catchment several days ago. Small river level rises are progressing downstream along the Dawson River, with the below minor flood peak currently in the Theodore area.


DON AND DEE RIVERS:

Rainfall totals in excess of 160 mm that occurred during the last few days in the Callide Creek area have resulted in strong stream rises and minor flooding along Callide Creek at Goovigen.

Further stream rises and areas of at least minor flooding can be expected across parts of the Don and Dee Rivers as further areas of heavy rainfall are forecast during the next few days.


CONNERS AND ISAAC RIVERS:

Rainfall totals in excess of 200 mm that occurred during the last few days in the Dysart area (Isaac River catchment) have resulted in river level rises and minor flooding in the Isaac River at Yatton. Elsewhere across the Connors River catchment rainfall totals of between 60 mm to 140 mm has resulted in river rises along the Connors River at Pink Lagoon.

Further areas of heavy rainfall are forecast across the Connors and Isaac River catchments during the next few days, which may result in higher river levels.
 

PREDICTED RIVER HEIGHTS/FLOWS:

BARALABA: Expected to remain below the Minor Flood Level (4.0 metres) at this stage. River rises and minor flood levels are possible with further heavy rainfall.

YATTON: Minor flood levels continue to rise during Thursday morning. Higher levels and moderate flooding are likely within the next 12 to 24 hours.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500

For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately

Current emergency information is available at www.qldalert.com 
 

ROAD CLOSURES

The Department of Main Roads has advised of some roads closed this morning due to last night's heavy rainfall.

Please be advised of the following road closures due to water over road: 

  • Dawson Highway (Biloela-Banana) at Kroombit Creek.
  • Burnett Highway (Biloela-Dululu) at Washpool Gully.

For more Central Queensland road conditions, check out this story: Central Queensland road conditions after heavy rainfall overnight

Flood forecast at 3.30am by Bureau of Meteorology

Flood warnings have been issued for Central Queensland water ways early this morning by the Bureau.

In the warning issued at 3.30am, the Bureau highlights that areas of heavy rainfall in excess of 200 mm have been recorded over the last few days in the Dysart area.

Similar rainfall totals have also been recorded during the last 48 hours in the Callide Creek area.

River rises are occurring along the Isaac River, and as well in Callide Creek (Don River), where minor flooding is expected during the next few hours.

Further heavy rainfall is expected over the Fitzroy River basin over the next few days which is likely to result in further river rises in the Connors, Isaac, Don and Dee Rivers during Thursday. Others areas across the Fitzroy basin may be affected by this forecast rainfall.

At this stage river levels further downstream along the Fitzroy River at Rockhampton are expected to remain below the minor flood level. 

Areas of heavy rainfall in excess of 200 mm have been recorded over the last few days in the Dysart area. Similar rainfall totals have also been recorded during the last 48 hours in the Callide Creek area. River rises are occurring along the Isaac River, and as well in Callide Creek (Don River), where minor flooding is expected during the next few hours.

Further heavy rainfall is expected over the Fitzroy River basin over the next few days which is likely to result in further river rises in the Connors, Isaac, Don and Dee Rivers during Thursday. Others areas across the Fitzroy basin may be affected by this forecast rainfall.

At this stage river levels further downstream along the Fitzroy River at Rockhampton are expected to remain below the minor flood level. 

Rainfall totals in excess of 200 mm that occurred during the last few days in the Dysart area has resulted in river level rises in the Isaac River at Yatton, where minor flood levels are expected at Yatton during Thursday morning.

River and creek rises are also occurring across the remainder of the Connors and Isaac River catchment during Thursday morning. Further areas of heavy rainfall are forecast during the next few days. 

Predicted River Heights/Flows:

DAWSON RIVER at:

BARALABA: Expected to remain below the Minor Flood Level (4,0 metres) at this stage. River rises and minor flood levels are possible with further heavy rainfall.

ISAAC RIVER at:

YATTON: Exceed the Minor Flood Level (7.5 metres) during Thursday morning. Higher levels are dependent on further heavy rainfall.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500

For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately

Current emergency information is available at www.qldalert.com

UPDATE 1.30PM: ROCKHAMPTON Bureau of Meteorology weather observer Brendon Bradford has urged residents not to worry about the Fitzroy River flooding at Rockhampton  - yet. 

Mr Bradford said Capricornia could expect more showers and storms over the next few days and while there was a flood warning for the upper reaches of the Fitzroy catchment, there was no threat of Rockhampton flooding any time soon. 

"We could see falls between 50-100mm over the next 24hrs and showers will continue into Friday" Mr Bradford said. 

"There is a medium chance of showers on Saturday and it eases off from there.

"We could also see totals reaching 300mm in Mackay and the Whitsundays over the next few days. 

"At this stage, there is no risk of the Fitzroy River flooding in Rockhampton. There is a moderate flood warning for the Connors and Isaac Rivers.

"Rainfall totals in excess of 200 mm that occurred during the last few days in the Dysart area (Isaac River catchment) have resulted in river level rises and minor flooding in the Isaac River at Yatton.

"Elsewhere across the Connors River catchment rainfall totals of between 60 mm to 140 mm has resulted in river rises along the Connors River at Pink Lagoon.

"Further areas of heavy rainfall are forecast across the Connors and Isaac River catchments during the next few days, which may result in higher river levels."

Mr Bradford said Capricornia residents would also see some relief from the hot, muggy recent weather tomorrow.

"We still have warm and humid conditions today but we will start to feel the effects of a fresh, SE wind blowing through this evening. 

"Temperatures tomorrow in Capricornia range between maximums of 26-30 degrees."


2pm: Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Capricornia

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Middlemount, Rolleston, Baralaba, Springsure, Dysart and Carnarvon National Park.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 4:50 pm.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. 

3.50PM: THE BOM has re-issued a severe storm warning to include more towns in Capricornia. 

Just before 3pm, the Bureau warned severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Gladstone, Rockhampton, Clermont, Biloela, Blackwater, Monto, Rolleston, Baralaba and Springsure. 

Topics:  blackwater airport, bureau of meteorology, storm, wildweather




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