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UPDATE 30/1/20 9:50AM | That Severe Thunderstorm Warning for people in Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast District has now been cancelled.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in QUEENSLAND.

The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

UPDATE 30/1/20 7:57AM | A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for heavy rainfall remains current for people in parts of Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast District.

Slow moving thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall near Rollingstone.

Weather Situation:

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Rollingstone.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the North Tropical Coast and Tablelands district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 11:00 am.

UPDATE 29/1/20 | A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for heavy rainfall remains current for people in parts of Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast District.

Heavy rainfall is still falling in the Paluma area.

Weather Situation:

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Rollingstone.

71mm of rain has fallen at Paluma in the hour to 6:47am.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 9:50 am.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

UPDATED 11:47 AM Tuesday 28 January 2020 | A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for people in Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast District has been cancelled. 

Heavy rainfall has eased near Ayr and surrounds.

Rainfall rates near Ayr have eased, and the the Severe Thunderstorm Warning is cancelled.

The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

Note that a separate Severe Weather Warning remains current for northwest Queensland.

528mm recorded in the past 12 hours at Rita Creek.

401mm recorded in the past 12 hours at Ayr.

 Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

 Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210.

The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

UPDATED 10:28 AM Tuesday 28 January 2020 | A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for heavy rainfall is current for people in parts of Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast District.

Heavy rainfall continuing near Ayr and surrounds.

Weather Situation:

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Ayr, Alva Beach and Clare.

174mm has been recorded in the past 3 hours at Rita Creek.

166mm has been recorded in the past 3 hours at Ayr.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

 The next warning is due to be issued by 1:30 pm.

EARLIER | UPDATED 7:26 AM Tuesday 28 January 2020 | A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for heavy rainfall is current for people in parts of Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast District.

Heavy rainfall is likely around Ayr.

Weather Situation:

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Ayr, Alva Beach and Clare.

176mm has been recorded at Rita Creek in the 4 hours to 7.20am AEST

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

 The next warning is due to be issued by 10:30 am.

 EARLIER | UPDATE | The Bruce Highway is underwater at Ayr due to heavy rainfall and flooding. 

Police are keeping an eye on the situation and urging everyone to drive with caution. 

223.0mm of rain has been recorded in Ayr since 9 AM yesterday while 261.8mm has been recorded at Alva Beach. 

 

EARLIER | UPDATE | A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for heavy rainfall is current for people in parts of Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast District.

Heavy rainfall was observed to the southeast of Ayr.

Weather Situation:

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Ayr, Alva Beach and Clare.

120mm has been recorded at Groper Creek Alert in the 2 hours to 4.20am AEST

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5:40 am.

UPDATE | A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for heavy rainfall is current for the Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast District.

Heavy rainfall is occurring in the Townsville area.

Weather Situation:

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Townsville, Giru, Woodstock and Rollingstone.

Up to 66mm has fallen in the last hour around the Townsville area.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 11:05 pm.

UPDATE | A Severe Weather Warning for heavy rain, remains current in North Queensland.  

Heavy rain developing later today and tonight about the Gulf Country.

At 11am Monday, a tropical low was located over land south of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The low extended a trough eastward to the Herbert and Lower Burdekin district. The tropical low may move into the Gulf of Carpentaria on Tuesday.

Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to develop about the Gulf Country later today or overnight tonight, and continue on Tuesday. 6-hourly rainfall totals of 100 to 200mm are likely, and locally heavier falls are possible with thunderstorms.

Flood Watches and Warnings are current for various areas in north Queensland - please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/

Locations which may be affected include Charters Towers, Townsville, Burketown, Mornington Island, Normanton and Ingham.

Broad scale heavy rainfall is no longer likely in the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Central Highlands and Coalfields, and Central West districts. However, localised heavy rainfall may still occur in these districts with thunderstorms. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued should these conditions develop.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 pm AEST Monday.

EARLIER | A Severe Weather Warning for heavy rainfall is current about the Herbert and Lower Burdekin coast, extending inland towards Hughenden.

Heavy rain is developing Tuesday in the Gulf Country.

A near stationary monsoon trough extends from a tropical low over land near the Gulf of Carpentaria coast across the central west to the coast near Townsville. The trough may strengthen today and remain slow moving. The tropical low may move into the Gulf of Carpentaria on Tuesday.

Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to develop across the eastern warning area during Monday morning. 6-hourly rainfall totals of 100 to 200mm are likely, and locally heavier falls are possible with thunderstorms.

A separate area of heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding is expected to develop on the Gulf Coast on Tuesday morning. 6-hourly rainfall totals of 100 to 200mm are likely, and locally heavier falls are possible with thunderstorms.

Flood Watches and Warnings are also current for both regions - please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/

Separate Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued as required for thunderstorms with heavy rainfall through other areas of central and northern Queensland.

Locations which may be affected include Charters Towers, Townsville, Palm Island, Burketown, Mornington Island, Normanton, Hughenden, Ingham and Ayr.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 am AEST Monday.