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Heavy rain moving south, rain still expected until weekend

UPDATE 10.10AM: THE Bureau of Meteorology's latest weather advise shows heavy rainfall expected Gladstone and south.

Areas of heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, are expected to extend from central districts south of Gladstone through the Wide Bay and Burnett, the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts from the north during today. 24 hour totals of 50 to 150mm are likely, with some isolated heavier falls expected.

At 9:30am the heaviest rainfall was occurring over the Capricornia district south of Gladstone and on the Sunshine Coast.

The heavy rain band should contract off the southeast coast Friday morning.

Shower and thunderstorm activity is expected in the wake of the cloud band through southeast districts on Friday afternoon and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued as necessary.

Locations which may be affected include Seventeen Seventy, Taroom, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Kingaroy, Gympie, Goondiwindi, Dalby, Toowoomba, Warwick, Stanthorpe, the Lockyer Valley, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. 

There is also a strong Marine wind warning in place for today for Capricornia, Hervey Bay and Fraser Island.

The latest flood advice for Capricornia down to Bundaberg was issued at 7.52am by BOM.

That warning stated :

Since 9am Wednesday, locally heavy falls up to 300mm have been recorded over the warning area, with the heaviest falls over coastal catchments between Yeppoon and Gladstone.

Rainfall is expected to continue during Thursday and Friday, gradually extending into the south east. 24 hour totals of 50-150mm are likely, with some isolated heavier falls possible. A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall is current.

River level rises above the minor flood level are possible in the areas of heaviest rainfall.

Catchments that may be affected include the Calliope, Boyne, Baffle, Kolan, Cherwell-Burrum, Mary, Noosa, Maroochy, Mooloolah, Logan, Albert and Gold Coast rivers and creeks.

UPDATE 7.15AM: Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in Queensland.

The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

However, there is a flood warning for coastal rivers and adjacent inland streams between Yeppoon and Bundaberg.

A separate Severe Weather Warning remains current for heavy rainfall in the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Southeast Coast and parts of the Maranoa and Warrego and Central Highlands and Coalfields districts.

UPDATE 9.15PM:  Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Capricornia district. Locations which may be affected include Rockhampton, Yeppoon.

Other parts of Queensland, particularly Central West and North Queensland, are also warned of severe thunderstorms and flash flooding. Locations include Ingham, Innisfail, Cardwell and Tully.

There was 75mm recorded in the 60 minutes to 8:30pm at Bulgun Creek near Tully.

The next warning is due to be issued by 11:40 pm.

According the the Bureau of Meteorology website, Yeppoon has recorded 247mm since 9am today, while Samuel Hill recorded 118mm.

Meanwhile, Pacific Heights has recorded 232mm in the past 24 hours, Byfield 120mm, Broadmeadows 129mm, Rockhampton 74mm and Gladstone Airport 105mm.

UPDATE 8.15PM:  Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Capricornia district.

Locations which may be affected include Rockhampton and Yeppoon.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds over the next several hours in parts of the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Central West and Channel Country districts. Locations which may be affected include Windorah, Eromanga, Ballera, Hughenden, Richmond and Marathon.

67mm was recorded in the 60 minutes to 5pm, with 109mm in the 2 hours to 6pm.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 9:10 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. 

UPDATE 2.50PM: Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in Queensland.

The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed at 2.29pm that the immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

EARLIER: THE Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 12.56pm on Wednesday for people in the Capricornia and parts of the Central Coast and Whitsundays and Central Highlands and Coalfields Forecast Districts.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Rockhampton, Calliope, Biloela, Yeppoon, Baralaba, Marlborough and St Lawrence.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500

The Gladstone region recorded over 100mm of rain in a 24 hour period from 9am Tuesday as heavy rainfall hit the Capricorn Coast.

The highest rainfall was recorded at Pacific Heights near Yeppoon with 232mm rain falling within the same period.

Topics:  bureau of meteorology, capricornia, gladstone, rockhampton, severe thunderstorm warning



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