The Oliver family L-R: Steve, Cindy, Brannon and Marissa are stuck inside their caravan on the first day of their Easter holiday in Yeppoon due to the rain but it should clear up later in the week for the Easter weekend.
The Oliver family L-R: Steve, Cindy, Brannon and Marissa are stuck inside their caravan on the first day of their Easter holiday in Yeppoon due to the rain but it should clear up later in the week for the Easter weekend. Nikita Watts

Heavy rain tipped today

THE Oliver family's quaint caravan has been through a few eventful holidays.

It has “bashed around the ridges” in different states and along the Queensland coastline, so a prediction of more than 100mm of rain and flash flooding overnight to today on the Capricorn Coast didn't scare the family away from a Yeppoon Easter holiday, as they prepared to stay at the Causeway Caravan Park.

Having made their way from their sunny home at Conway Beach in the Whitsundays, the family of four arrived yesterday at a dreary Yeppoon.

They spent the day relaxing inside their six-year-old caravan.

“It was beautiful on the drive, but after every kilometre it got darker and darker,” dad Steve said.

“We have had two metres of rain so far (at Conway Beach) this year so we thought we would come to Yeppoon. We heard it never rains in Yeppoon (so) we must have brought it with us.”

A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding was predicted for yesterday and today in the Central Highlands, the Coalfields and south of Clermont areas, with thundery, heavy rain.

BOM senior forecaster Mike Marrinan yesterday predicted rainfall of more than 100mm could drop on the Capricorn Coast overnight to at least 9am this morning, and anywhere on the coast and inland where there was heavy rainfall was susceptible to flash flooding.

The BOM website also issued a flood warning for the upper Fitzroy River catchments, such as the Nogoa, Comet and Upper Dawson rivers, and also The Gemfields area and west of Emerald.

It stated minor flooding was possible today in numerous creeks in The Gemfields area.

Mr Marrinan said the upper level trough and the trough off the coast would move away to the south-east and weaken today, but CQ could still expect moderate to heavy falls this the morning.

WHERE IT FELL

9am to 5.30pm yesterday:

Yeppoon: 11.6mm

Rockhampton: 10.8mm

Gladstone: 51.4mm

Emerald: 31mm

Clermont: 22mm

Rolleston: 49.2mm

Source: BOM



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