Wild winds and heavy rain are taking their toll across Gladstone.
Wild winds and heavy rain are taking their toll across Gladstone. Contributed GLA250113CONT

We've all been saying we needed rain. Well, we got it

A BARRAGE of extreme weather caused mayhem in the Gladstone region on Friday and threatens to continue over the weekend.

Everybody has spent the past two months looking at the parched countryside and uttering the words, "We need rain".

Well, they got it.

By noon on Friday 456mm of rain had fallen in the previous 37 hours. In the old language, that is 17.9 inches.

Rain wasn't the only problem. Howling winds sent the rain moving sideways at gusts of up to 91kmh.

The havoc wreaked across Queensland on Friday didn't compare with the floods of 2011, but there were ramifications.

Most official Australia Day events were cancelled, ruining a special day that had been painstakingly planned by Gladstone Regional Council.

Roads were cut off around the region, including the Bruce Hwy in several places.

Gladstone's multi-billion dollar industrial sector was also brought to a grinding halt, particularly RG Tanna Coal Terminal, which was forced to stop all dozer work and ship-loading.

On Curtis Island, where $60 billion-worth of LNG projects are being built, construction giant Bechtel went into shutdown, a process they began planning days earlier when the forecast began to look ominous.



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