Rain cuts roads, shuts schools

Windmill Crossing in Mackay after the rain deluge.
Windmill Crossing in Mackay after the rain deluge. Peter Holt

ROADS were cut, schools were closed and emergency services were called a number of minor accidents as Central Queensland was hit by monsoon rain yesterday.

Bureau of Meteorology weather observer Brendan Bradford said Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast were hit with a heavy rain band between 11am and 2pm yesterday.

Originally, BoM had expected the monsoon rain to stick around for about 48 hours, but Mother Nature had its own ideas and passed through the region within a five to six-hour period.

At 7.50pm, the heaviest rain was located on radar south of Gladstone with estimated falls in excess of 100mm occurring in the area and also east and south of Emerald with 50mm recorded in three hours at Roddas Lookout, south of Emerald.

In the 10 hours since 9am, the highest rainfall totals have been recorded about the Capricornia district, including Samuel Hill with 119mm, Gladstone Radar with 91mm and Yeppoon with 69mm.

A separate severe thunderstorm warning for damaging wind and heavy rainfall was issued last night for parts of the Capricornia and Central Highlands and Coalfields districts, expecting to hit Emerald and Gladstone.

Emergency services attended three minor accidents in the Rockhampton region, and one in Emerald

At 8pm last night, alerts were issued by police that the Bruce Highway was closed at Coopers Creek, Marlborough; 5km south of Mt Larcom; 10km north of Calliope Crossroads and Calliope River Rd, Yarwun.

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