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Severe thunderstorm warning for Capricornia

BOM rain radar
BOM rain radar

UPDATE 7.30pm: A number of storms are rolling out across Central Queensland, with Emerald picking up close to 20mm since 5.30pm, with the day's total rainfall sitting at 27mm.

A severe thunderstorm warning is still present for Central Highlands and Coalfields and Capricornia.

 

UPDATE 6pm: A Severe thunderstorm has been issues for parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields and Capricornia. 

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, 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 Marlborough, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Thargomindah and Windorah. Meanwhile 98mm of rain has already fallen at the Westwood Range.

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. 

 

4.58pm: THE Bureau of Meteorology Capricornia radar shows plenty of rain on the way for the region. 

Earlier this afternoon, BOM issued a Severe Storm Warning for people in parts of Capricornia with thunderstorms likely to produce damaging winds and very heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

A particularly dangerous storm near the Miriam Vale area, with 90mm falling in 1 hour at Westwood Range, very heavy rain is continuing to fall in this area. 

The Rockhampton Airport recorded 5.5mm of rain today with showers still hanging around town. 

Other falls around the region for the day include 12.4mm at Blackwater, 8.6mm at Emerald and 22.8mm in Lochington

Moderate to heavy falls appear to be tracking towards Yeppoon and Rockhampton this afternoon. 

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 7:55 pm.

Topics:  capricornia, rain, weather



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