rain rockhampton January 25
rain rockhampton January 25 contributed

Severe weather warning for central highlands

At 4am EST, Ex Tropical Cyclone Oswald remains slow moving over the Central Highlands, about 100km northeast of Emerald and 160km west northwest of Rockhampton.

Oswald is expected to begin moving towards the south southeast later today. A trough extends from Ex Tropical Cyclone Oswald to the southern Capricornia coast.

Damaging winds with peak gusts of around 100 km/hr are possible over the southern Capricornia district, particularly near the coast and over the southern parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields districts, particularly near higher ground.

These winds are likely to start easing as the system begins to move southwards later today.

Heavy rainfall may lead to flash flooding and worsening of the existing flood situation over the southern Capricornia and southeastern parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields districts. Six hour rainfall accumulations in excess of 100mm are possible.

Currently, heaviest rain is located on radar over the southern Capricornia district. Rainfall in excess of 350mm has been recorded in the area since 9am Friday and in excess of 700mm in the less than 2 days, leading to rapid river and stream rises in the area.

Water levels on the high tide this morning are likely to exceed the highest tide of the year about the coastal and island locations about and south of Gladstone.

Flood Warnings are current for various rivers and streams in these districts, see www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings.

A separate Severe Weather Warning is current for the southeast districts.

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:

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

The next warning is due to be issued by 11:50 am.

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 Emergency Management Queensland would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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