Where did the rain go? Prediction falls short

GLADSTONE was wet - but not as wet as predicted.

About 50-100mm was expected to fall across the city on the weekend. Instead, only 29mm fell.

But the rain did affect Gladstone police and some events.

Wet and slippery roads challenged some drivers, with at least three traffic accidents on Saturday.

Fortunately, no injuries resulted from the incidents, but Gladstone drivers were still being urged to drive to the conditions.

Gladstone police's Sgt Royce Devlin said road incidents had increased after the rain.

"People need to drive to the conditions," he said.

"Having three months of no rain, then we get dirt, oil, dust and grime on the road which makes it slippery when it rains ... some people drive like they would on a dry road."

The first accident was at 8.30am, when two vehicles crashed on Daintree Blvd in New Auckland.

One driver was issued a traffic infringement notice for not having proper control of the vehicle.

The two other traffic accidents were at the corner of Dawson Hwy and Blain Dr.

Several events were cancelled due to the rainfall, including the Benaraby drags, a tennis meet on Saturday, and Saturday night's soccer match.

A Bureau of Meteorology representative said fine and sunny conditions were expected this week.

Mornings could be a little more brisk with some single-figure minimums predicted.

REGIONAL RAINFALL

  • Gladstone: 29mm
  • City airport: 33mm
  • Biloela: 43mm
  • Boyne Island: 32mm
  • Awoonga Dam: 12mm
  • Benaraby: 24mm
  • Miriam Vale: 61mm
  • Mount Larcom: 20mm


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