WEATHER: Heavy rain poses threat as severe storms loom
LATEST: WHILE the rain has set in across the Capricornia region, the Bureau of Meteorology say the threat of severe thunderstorms in the district has passed for the present time.
As at 11.44am, the BOM advised severe thunderstorms were 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," a statement on the BOM website reads.
However, there are concerns severe storm activity could return to the region later today with Stormcast.com.au forecasting 'Possibly Severe' storms in CQ from 1pm - 7pm.
A thunderstorm forecast issued by BOM at 11.30am supports this prediction noting storms will occur in the east of the state today and heavy falls are likely with these storms particularly in Capricornia and the Central Highlands and Coalfields. Isolate heavy falls are possible throughout the district.
BOM warns there is the possibility of damaging wind gusts and severe hail in inland areas, but heavy rain is the larger threat.
So what's driving the storms? According to BOM, moist conditions east of a surface trough, aided by a significant upper trough over southern Queensland are to blame. Surface wind convergence will aid the development of storms in the Capricornia district.
BOM warns the storm threat will continue tomorrow with isolate heavy falls, damaging wind gusts and large hail possible in the inland Capricornia district and the Central Highlands and Coalfields.
Since 9am today BOM have recorded official falls of:
· 14.2mm at Rockhampton Airport
· 13.4mm at Yeppoon
· 19.2mm at St Lawrence
WEATHER experts at the Bureau of Meteorology have issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the entire Gladstone region.
BoM meteorologist Brett Harrison warned large hail stones, damaging winds, and possible flash flooding are expected to hit parts of the Gladstone region.
He said the hail stones are expected to be 2-4cm in diameter. Intermittent gusts of wind are expected to reach 100km/h.
Mr Harrison also said some areas across the region could expect flash flooding, with possible falls of 50mm.
"(The storm) is pretty slow moving, and when we see slow moving storms, they produce a lot of rain in the one area," he said.
Mr Harrison said Gladstone is expected to see a storm, but the more severe weather events, including hail, would likely hit areas just to Gladstone's west, such as Calliope.
He said large swathes of the Gladstone region and surround regions were in the path of a storm.
"Overall for the remainder of this afternoon, it should cover a lot of areas," he said. "But generally they are fairly isolated in nature. (They are) just moving through a heap of areas.
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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
- Move your car under cover or away from trees.
- Secure loose outdoor items.
- Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
- 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.