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JUST IN| Weather Warning Issued

 

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Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING, LOCALLY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS and HEAVY RAINFALL

For people in Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Central Coast and Whitsundays and parts of Gulf Country, North Tropical Coast and Tablelands, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, North West, Central Highlands and Coalfields and Central West Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:53 pm Sunday, 3 February 2019.

INTENSE RAINFALL WITH SIGNIFICANT FLASH FLOODING BETWEEN INGHAM AND BOWEN, SLOWLY EXTENDING SOUTH. RISK REMAINS FOR DAMAGING WINDS, POTENTIALLY DESTRUCTIVE IN THUNDERSTORMS.

Weather Situation: A vigorous, slow-moving monsoon trough lies across north Queensland. It currently extends from Townsville to Gregory Springs and into a deep, semi-stationary tropical low, situated about 200 kilometres north of Mount Isa.
The monsoon trough is forecast to shift slowly south over the next day or two to extend from Bowen to Hughenden and into the Gulf Country. It will remain active this week, with further heavy rainfall expected for already saturated catchments. The potential for SIGNIFICANT and DANGEROUS FLASH FLOODING will continue for areas between Ingham and Bowen, potentially extending as far south as Mackay from Monday.

HERBERT AND LOWER BURDEKIN AND CENTRAL COAST DISTRICTS:

Over the next 24 to 30 hours, further heavy rainfall with six-hourly rainfall totals between 150mm to 200mm are likely with concentrated areas of intense rainfall with totals up to 300mm possible, particularly with bands of thunderstorms.

Creek and river catchments are already saturated and will therefore respond extremely rapidly to any rainfall. Landslides have been reported associated with this event and will continue to be possible in vulnerable areas that have experienced significant rainfall.

Damaging wind gusts up to 100km/h are also possible about the coast and ranges. Locally destructive winds in excess of 125km/h may occur with thunderstorms, however this threat should become more confined to coastal areas between Bowen and Mackay on Monday.