Gladstone records highest daily January rainfall on record
GLADSTONE has recorded its highest daily January rainfall on record, with 272mm falling in the 24 hours to 9am on Friday.
A severe weather warning remains in place for the Central Queensland region.
The Bureau of Meteorology reports Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald is located over the central interior of Queensland about 50km east of Moranbah, moving south-southeast at about 15km/h.
A trough extends from the ex-tropical cyclone to the southern Capricornia coast. The trough and low are expected to continue moving south, reaching south-east districts on Sunday.
Damaging winds with gusts to 90 km/h are possible over the Capricornia and southern parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields district for remainder of Friday and Saturday morning, particularly near the coast and over higher ground.
Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is likely over the Capricornia and south-eastern parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields district.
Six hour rainfall accumulations of more than 100mm remain possible on Friday and Saturday.
Currently, the heaviest rainfall is located on radar over areas near and south of Rockhampton to Miriam Vale.
Another 220mm of rain has been predicted for Gladstone on Friday and Saturday.
Observer reader Noel Harvey, of Beecher, reported that from when the rain started at 8pm Wednesday to 7.30am Friday, he had recorded 670mm in the 35-hour period.
"We have been at Siding Rd, Beecher since 1985 and this is the most rain for that period," he said.
"Another woman from here lives at Jim Whyte Way, Beecher and she said she has measured over 600mm also."
Mr Harvey said the total at 11.30am was 820mm, but "the gauge fell off at one stage, so possibly more".
Gladstone Airport remains open, with the airstrip in good condition and drainage working as expected, but there have been some flight delays.
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Emergency services are preparing for the worst in central Queensland as floodwaters continue to rise.
More than 70 roads including the state's major highways are covered by water from Cairns in the far north to Bundaberg in the south-east.
Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said there was no way to predict the duration of the flooding.
"How long is a piece of string?" she said on ABC.
"We don't know. We see expectations where it could be 300mm on Saturday, so that's phenomenal."
Emergency Management Queensland regional director Wayne Hepple said the State Emergency Service was on high alert.
"People need to be aware of what's going on out there," he said.
State Emergency Service personnel have attended to 280 jobs in the past 24 hours.
Of these, 100 were for Rockhampton, 43 for Mackay, 40 in Gladstone, six in Tannum Sands, 17 in Yeppoon, 11 in Emu Park, nine in Mt Morgan, eight in Townsville, six in Tannum Sands, five in Bundaberg and five in Cairns.
A severe weather warning remains in place for people in the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of the Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.
At 4am, Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald was located over land about 120km west of Mackay and moving south-southeast at about 12km per hour.
The monsoon trough extended from the southern Gulf of Carpentaria to Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald and then to the east coast near Fraser Island.
Damaging winds with gusts to 90kmh are possible over the Central Coast, Capricornia and Wide Bay and Burnett districts.
Areas that may be affected include islands and coastal locations between the Whitsundays and Sandy Cape.
Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is likely over the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, eastern parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, and northern parts of the Southeast Coast district, possibly reaching areas north of Brisbane late in the day.
Severe flash flooding was reported in the Yeppoon area at about 1am this morning, where rainfall of 271mm has been recorded since 9am Thursday.
Flood warnings are current for various rivers and streams in these districts. Visit www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings.
If residents require storm and flood assistance they should contact the SES on 132 500. In a life-threatening emergency, which includes vehicles trapped in floodwater, always dial triple zero (000).