Yeppoon holidaymakers help others stuck in Longreach drench
WHAT was meant to be an overnight stay in Longreach soon turned into quite the adventure for the Maddy family, when near-100mm bucketed on the Apex Riverside Park along the Thompson River.
Geoff Maddy, with the help of his son Craig, spent day three of the family's three-week holiday winching out fellow caravanners who weren't quite as prepared as the Yeppoon locals.
"We arrived here last night and it looked like storms and rain," Geoff said yesterday afternoon as rain continued to pour on site.
"Rain started about 5pm, heavy rain and wind and according to the locals we have had close on 100mm overnight and today."
Undeterred by the downpour, Geoff said he would take no issue spending the remainder of the family holiday in Longreach, but hoped to venture to Birdsville in the coming days.
He said ultimately, it was a godsend to see rain in the thirsty town.
"They really want the rain out here, so we shouldn't get too worried about that (getting out)," he said.
While areas of Longreach recorded higher than the record-breaking 58.6mm - beating the 2005 highest daily rainfall for June of 51mm - it appears the downpour will be short-lived.
Bureau of Meteorology Rockhampton Weather Station officer-in-charge Paul Wilson said the majority of rain had fallen within 12 hours and looked set to move south-east.
"As it does, I think it is going to fade away," Mr Wilson said yesterday.
He said while Longreach and surrounding towns could expect a bit more rain today, it would not match the more than 50mm falls.
Conditions look to clear up in the Central Highlands and Coalfields regions today with only a 20% chance of rainfall and partly cloudy skies.
Good news for Rockhampton Show-goers over the coming days, with cloudy conditions expected, but only a slight chance of a shower on Thursday.
Windy conditions are expected to continue across Capricornia, with another strong-wind warning issued for today and winds of 25-30 knots expected off the Yeppoon Coast tomorrow.
"(Today) we are looking at seas of 2.5m to 3m with easterly swells around 1m, increasing to 1.5m to 2.5m offshore and partly cloudy with a 50% chance of shower," Mr Wilson said.
"On Wednesday south easterly winds of 25 to 30 knots with seas 2.5m with an easterly swell about a 1m increasing 1.5m to 2.5m. Yeah, so a bit choppy out there on the water."
24-hour rainfall in the Central West as of yesterday: