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Severe weather warning cancelled for Central Queensland

UPDATE 4PM: 

A severe weather warning for Central Queensland has been cancelled. 

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, there is still expected to be heavy rainfall around the Central Coast and Whitsundays, northern Capricornia and far eastern Central Highlands and the Coalfields. 

This rainfall will most likely be associated with thunderstorms. 

A very moist tropical air mass lies ahead of a surface trough currently located just offshore of the central Queensland coast.

The trough is expected to remain slow-moving near the central Queensland coast today before shifting northwards from Sunday. 

A flood watch is current for coastal catchments between Mackay and Townsville. 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500. 

UPDATE 11AM: AFTER a busy few days, the local SES crews last night got a bit of a reprieve. 

Local SES controller Eddie Cowie said they responded to 18 tasks in Rockhampton and Livingstone on Thursday, but only had one minor job last night. 

According to the Bureau of Meteorology there is a 90% chance of rain today and the chance of a thunderstorm late this afternoon.

 

UPDATE 5.40am: Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, may occur in parts of the Central Coast and Whitsundays, parts of the Capricornia and far southern parts of the Herbert and Lower Burdekin districts today into tonight

Local six-hourly rainfall accumulations of 100mm to 150mm are possible about the coast and nearby ranges. Locations which may be affected include St Lawrence, Sarina, Mackay, Yeppoon and Collinsville

A severe weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology  is current for the Central Highlands and Coalfields and Capricornia Forecast Districts.

A very moist tropical air mass lies ahead of a surface trough currently located near the central Queensland coast.

The trough is expected to remain slow-moving near the central Queensland coast today and into tonight where it could produce areas of heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms.

At 5:00am Saturday, the heaviest rain was offshore with just light to moderate rainfall affecting the coast and adjacent inland from Bowen to Yeppoon.

Yesterday evening, Jacks Creek (south of Collinsville), Moranbah and Millaroo (south of Ayr) recorded 104mm, 78mm and 78mm respectively in 1 hour. Sucrogen Weir (near Sarina) has received 245mm since 9am Friday.

Light rain should ease during this morning, however another round of showers, rain areas and thunderstorms, may develop during the day.

A separate Flood Watch is current for parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, and Central Coast and Whitsundays districts, as are a number of flood warnings.

UPDATE 11.55AM FRIDAY:  A FLASH flooding warning remains in place as a strong surface trough currently located near St Lawrence moves north.

At 10:40am Friday, the Bureau of Meteorology systems showed the heaviest rain was located on radar to the north of Emerald and in the area between Williamson and Samuel Hill. Florence Vale (northwest of Emerald) recorded 51mm in the 1 hour to 10:40am.

The latest warning issued by BoM at 10.40am says a very moist tropical air mass lies ahead of a strong surface trough currently located near St Lawrence. The trough is expected to move slowly northwards during today where it is likely to produce areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected across parts of the Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields and Capricornia districts today. Local six-hour rainfall accumulations of 100mm to 140mm are possible about the coast and nearby ranges, and 60mm to 100mm over inland parts of the warning area.

These conditions are expected to persist into Saturday, but will be highly dependent on the movement and development of the trough.

Locations which may be affected include Emerald, Rockhampton, Clermont, Mackay, Yeppoon and Moranbah.

A separate Flood Watch is current for parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, and Central Coast and Whitsundays districts, as are a number of flood warnings.

The highest rainfall totals in the 24 hours to 9am Friday were Ampthill 143mm (northwest of Bundaberg), Table Tops 134mm (north of Monto) and Essendean Range 126mm (south of Seventeen Seventy).

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* 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 4:45 pm.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly. 

Severe weather warning from Bureau of Meteorology at 10.40am February 5 2016
Severe weather warning from Bureau of Meteorology at 10.40am February 5 2016

UPDATE 10.15AM: THE grass netball courts of Jardine Park are fully underwater today following last night's rainfall.

The skate park at Alf Kele Memorial Park has also flooded in parts.
 

UPDATE 9.45AM: As reader's continue to share their overnight rainfall records, the Bureau of Meteorology has updated the flood warning for Central Queensland, saying 110mm has fallen in the Fitzroy catchment in the past 24 hours.

Moderate flood levels are continuing to rise at Yatton on the Isaac River.

Locally heavy rainfall up to about 110 mm has been recorded in parts of the Fitzroy basin in the 24 hours to 9 am Friday. Further locally heavy rainfall is expected across northern and central parts of the Fitzroy basin over the next few days.

DAWSON RIVER TO THEODORE:

Minor flood levels are rising in the upper Dawson River between Utopia Downs and Tarana Crossing. River levels are currently falling at Taroom.

DAWSON RIVER DOWNSTREAM OF THEODORE:

River levels are easing in the Dawson River to Moura. Minor flood levels are rising between Baralaba and Beckers due to local inflows.

DON AND DEE RIVERS:

Moderate flood levels have started to ease in Callide Creek at Goovigen and at 8 am Friday were about 9.5 metres. River levels are approaching the minor flood level in the Don River at Rannes.

CONNORS AND ISAAC RIVERS:

River levels are rising at Pink Lagoon. Moderate flood levels are rising on the Isaac River at Yatton.
Predicted River Heights/Flows:

DAWSON RIVER at:

TAROOM: Rises above the minor flood level (4.5 metres) are expected over the weekend.

BARALABA (Manual gauge): A minor flood peak is expected Friday afternoon or evening.

ISAAC RIVER at:

YATTON: Moderate flood levels will continue to rise during Friday and into the weekend.

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

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 

Latest River Heights:

Dawson R at Utopia Downs  -  6.16m rising  at  8:00 AM FRI 05/02/16
Juandah Ck at Windamere  - 1.57m falling at 12:00 AM FRI 05/02/16
Dawson R at Taroom  -  2.18m and falling at 12:00 AM FRI 05/02/16
Mimosa Ck at Redcliffe - 1.23m and falling at 8:00 AM FRI 05/02/16
Dawson R at Beckers -  6.84m and rising at 8:00 AM FRI 05/02/16
Connors R at Pink Lagoon  -  5.1m and rising  at 8:00 AM FRI 05/02/16
Isaac R at Yatton - 9.72m and rising at 6:00 AM FRI 05/02/16
Mackenzie R at Tartrus -  8.08m and steady at 9:00 AM FRI 05/02/16
 Fitzroy R at Riverslea -  4.49m and rising  at 8:00 AM FRI 05/02/16

7.50am: UPDATED overnight rainfall records on the Bureau of Meteorology website shows Rockhampton recorded 99.2mm and Yeppoon recorded 54.2mm.

Readers have shared their overnight rainfall records with The Bulletin, including one recording of 137mm at Bajool overnight and 109mm at Gracemere. Click here for Reader's Rainfall Reports

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the Blackwater Airport has recorded 121mm in the past 24 hours.

Yesterday, Westwood Range and Kroombit Dam were the top overnight rainfall recorders for the region with Westwood's rainfall for the night being 181mm.

However, Westwood recorded only 36mm in the past 24 hours and Kroombit recorded 26mm. Meanwhile, Benaraby (north of Westwood and Kroombit) recorded 70mm in the past 24 hours.

Broadmeadows recorded 77mm and Hedlow recorded 58mm.

The Bruce Highway closed for a few hours overnight due to water over the road and the BOM's record shows the area had 82mm in the past 24 hours.

The Bureau's latest warning for Capricornia

For people in the Central Coast and Whitsundays, Capricornia and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:57 am Friday, 5 February 2016.

Synoptic Situation:
A very moist tropical air mass lies ahead of a strong surface trough currently located near St Lawrence. The trough is expected to move slowly northwards during today where it is likely to produce areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to develop across parts of the Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields and Capricornia districts on Friday. Local six-hour rainfall accumulations of 100mm to 140mm are possible about the coast and nearby ranges, and 60mm to 100mm over inland parts of the warning area.

A separate Flood Watch is current for parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, and Central Coast and Whitsundays districts, as are a number of flood warnings.

Locations which may be affected include Emerald, Rockhampton, Clermont, Mackay, Yeppoon and Moranbah.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* 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 11:00 am.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly. 

READER REPORTS:

Cherith Weis - Tipped out 109mms this morning in Gracemere! Woohoo! Loving this rain and the green grass just keeps on growing!

Debbie Bryant - Just emptied my rain gauge. 250mms for the week. I didn't make a mistake my neighbour was there to check me.

Tracey Hawkes - Be careful on roads this am 137ml rain overnight up to 5am still showering.

Susan Plummer - 160ml here in less than 24hrs smile emoticon Alton Downs

Gloria Peckover - My guage was full, holds 125 mil . Wandal .

Gloria Peckover posted this image of her rain gauge on The Bulletin Facebook page on February 5
Gloria Peckover posted this image of her rain gauge on The Bulletin Facebook page on February 5

Topics:  blackwater rain rainfall storms weather wildweather



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