DAMAGED: Wally Currie stands in what’s left of his home after a freak storm swept through Townsville yesterday morning, that saw winds of 111kmh recorded.
DAMAGED: Wally Currie stands in what’s left of his home after a freak storm swept through Townsville yesterday morning, that saw winds of 111kmh recorded. JACK TRAN

Batten down the hatches


5pm: SEVERE WEATHER WARNING for heavy rainfall for people in the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Southeast Coast and parts of the Central West and Central Highlands and Coalfields districts.

Synoptic Situation: At 4pm AEST, the monsoon trough extended across northwest
and central Queensland from the Gulf Country to the Capricornia district. A
tropical low was situated approximately 165 kilometres east northeast of
Longreach and moving in an east southeasterly direction at 20 kilometres per
hour. The low is expected to continue moving in an east southeasterly direction
this evening while weakening gradually during Thursday. A secondary low is
otherwise expected to develop near or off Fraser Island or the Sunshine Coast
late Thursday.

Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and worsen the existing flood
situation is expected in the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa and
Warrego, southeastern parts of the Central West, southern parts of the Central
Highlands and Coalfields and northern parts of the Darling Downs and Granite
Belt districts this evening. 24 hour totals of 50 to 100mm are likely with
isolated heavier falls greater than 150mm possible. Locations that may be
affected include  Emerald, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Charleville, Roma and Taroom.

These conditions are expected to extend southwards across the Southeast Coast
and remaining parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt tonight and early
Thursday while gradually easing across central and western districts during the
day.

At 4:50pm AEST, the heaviest rain was located on radar near Emerald with falls
of 47mm recorded in an hour at Emerald Radar.

In the 7 hours since 9am AEST Wednesday [to 4pm], the highest rainfall totals
have been recorded about the Capricornia district, including Samuel Hill with
116mm, Yeppoon with 69mm and Gladstone with 62mm.

Heavy rainfall is now easing about the Channel Country district and therefore
the warning for this district is now CANCELLED. However, showers and
thunderstorms are still expected to occur in this district this evening and
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued as necessary.

Flood Warnings are current for various rivers and streams; refer to
www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings.

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:
- Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
- Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.

For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 8pm Wednesday 


4am: BATTEN down the hatches Central Queensland, there's a severe weather event headed this way.

The Bureau of Meteorology says winds of up to 100kmh are possible along with more than 200mm of rain in a 24-hour period in some parts of the region.

It warns heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding could worsen the existing flood situation in the Central Highlands and coalfields.

This has sent Local Disaster Management Groups into action, with Rockhampton's to meet this morning to review the situation.

Emergency Services yesterday issued warnings and urged people: "if it's flooded, forget it (entering the waters)."

The impact had already been felt in Townsville yesterday as a mini-tornado swept through four suburbs, damaging 60 houses and injuring nine people.

The latest information from the Bureau yesterday at 5.50pm stated locations likely to be affected by the heavy rainfall included Mackay, Longreach, Moranbah, Emerald and Gladstone.

At 4pm yesterday, a tropical low was about 80kms east-northeast of Julia creek and moving in a south-south-easterly direction at 17kmh.

Rockhampton BoM weather observer Brendan Bradford said there was no weather warning at this stage for Rockhampton.

He said Rockhampton could expect a lot of rain today, to increase during the day and moderate to heavy falls were possible tonight and tomorrow night.

Mr Bradford the forecast for Friday was for patchy rainfall and isolated thunderstorms, but that could change as the monsoon trough moved south.

There is also a flood watch for coastal waters from Bowen to Yeppoon, however, Mr Bradford said local flooding, including 11 metres at Yaamba and 6m in Rockhampton along the Fitzroy River, weren't expected to occur until next week.

Rockhampton Mayor Brad Carter said that would mean the closure of the Riverside Car Parks and some possible inundation of low-lying areas.

Ergon Energy spokesman Bob Pleash urged people who saw fallen powerlines, to stay away and contact Ergon or police.

WHERE IT FELL

Yesterday 9am - 4pm

Mount Vince (west of Mackay) - 268mm

Greenmount (west of Mackay) - 183mm

Reeves Alert (south of Bowen) - 91mm



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