More storms forecast for next few days
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
YESTERDAY'S sudden downpour of rain is a sign of the times ? at least for the next two days.
Yesterday the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning, cautioning residents about probable large hailstones, damaging wind, heavy rainfall and flash flooding for the region.
Spokesman for the Rockhampton office of the bureau, Mike Griffin, said more storms could be expected during the next two days "and maybe to the end of the week.
'The rain is the result of very heavy moisture in the atmosphere and very hot days,' he said.
Reports of rainfall in the Capricorn region, both official and unofficial, indicated the area around Calliope township received the most rain, with 44mm falling in about one hour from about 2.30pm.
Rain was still falling after that report but had stopped by 4pm.
Gladstone received a good rainburst about 30 minutes later. Steady rain was also reported in isolated areas around Benaraby.
No rain was recorded at Mt Larcom, Miriam Vale or the Boyne Valley yesterday afternoon.
In Gladstone there was report of tree damage which resulted in a power outage to one private property.
Ergon Energy also attended 'quite a few' call outs related to the storm, and to an outage that affected 57 properties at Tannum Sands "probably related to the storm''.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service's FireCom yesterday did not know if the rain was of any help to volunteer firefighters who have been fighting a large bushfire between Calliope and Biloela.
'The firefighters are still there but we have not been in communication because they are out of range,' a spokeswoman said.
Three weeks ago long range weather forecaster Haydon Walker, who bases his predictions on sunspot activity and cyclic weather patterns, said October would bring storms and rain.