Heavy rainfall forecast next week as cyclone forms

IT looks like a wet weekend ahead of a possible 100-200mm of rain next week.

Local weatherman Mike Griffin said moderate to heavy rainfall could be expected on Saturday and Sunday, but another major rain event was brewing.

"The tropics have developed a lot of cloud in the last week or two driven by Typhoon Haiyan," he said.

"This lodged with another cyclone off the coast near India and pushed a lot of moisture into northern Australia.

"Now we have signs of possibly the first cyclone of the season developing off the coast of Western Australia."

He said a warning was put out yesterday morning for a low developing about 600km north-west or Broome.

As it moved east it would affect the Northern Territory and the Gulf.

"Tropical cyclone Alessia is developing off the north-west coast of WA," he said.

"This may have further rainfall for northern Queensland, and hit CQ late next week, so watch this closely. We could be talking 100-200mm late next week."

Falls of over 100ml have been recorded in the far north, while Springsure had received 22mm, Biloela 47mm and Bauhinia Downs 58mm.

Severe thunderstorms hit Biloela on Thursday night. A roof was completely removed in the storm 15km north of the town, about 6.30pm.

"The last six months in Rocky, up until the beginning of November, we've only had two days where we got rainfall over 20mm," Mr Griffin said.

"In the last week we've got 47mm from two lots of storms - one last Thursday and the other on Sunday night.

He said moderate to heavy rainfall could be expected over the weekend , with lighting and possible hail over southern areas.



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