46mm of rain was observed in the 30 minutes near Thangool

UPDATE 3.30PM: At 3:15pm a number of severe thunderstorms were observed on weather radar within the warning area.

46mm of rain was observed in the 30 minutes to 3:10pm at Upper Monal Al, about 50kms east of Thangool.

64mm in one hour was observed at Williamson Raaf base near St Lawrence at 3pm. 42mm of rain in the 30 minutes to 3:15pm was observed at Emu Creek Al, about 50km south of Bowen.

Locations which may be affected by heavy rain or damaging wind gusts in the next several hours include Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Proserpine, Bowen, Townsville, Collinsville, Ayr and Hamilton Island.

At 1:50pm a number of severe thunderstorms were observed on weather radar within the warning area.

40mm of rain was observed in the 30 minutes to 12:50pm at Calcium Al, about 30kms south of Townsville.

Locations which may be affected by heavy rain or damaging wind gusts in the next several hours include Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Proserpine, Bowen, Townsville, Collinsville, Ayr and Hamilton Island.

Synoptic situation
A major upper low pressure system over the interior of Queensland will deepen further during today and remain slow moving over the interior of the state on Thursday. A surface low pressure system will also remain slow moving over the west of the state.

Thunderstorms, some of which are likely to be severe, and rain areas will develop during today over central Queensland and become more widespread during tonight and Thursday, with locally heavy to very heavy falls of rain expected. 24 hour totals in excess of 250mm are possible.

Damaging wind gusts of around 110 km/h are also expected with thunderstorms.

Severe thunderstorms may affect other parts of Queensland during today. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued as necessary.

A Flood Watch has been issued for central Queensland and coastal areas between Townsville and Bundaberg.

Refer to that product for more information on possible river flooding.

Locations which may be affected include Townsville, Gladstone, Emerald, Rockhampton, Clermont, Mackay, Proserpine, Ayr, Bowen, Collinsville and Hamilton Island.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services 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 7:55 pm.

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

UPDATE 5am: A severe weather warning is current for Central Highlands and Coalfields and, Capricornia as a  major upper low pressure system over the interior of Queensland deepens further during today.

 Thunderstorms and rain areas will develop during today over Central Queensland and become more widespread during tonight and Thursday, with locally heavy to very heavy  falls of rain up to 250mm in 24 hours  possible.

 Damaging wind gusts of around 110 km/h are also expected with thunderstorms on Wednesday night and Thursday. Severe thunderstorms will likely affect parts of Central Queensland and the northern interior during today.

 A Flood Watch has been issued for CQ and coastal areas between Townsville and Bundaberg. Refer to that product for more information on possible river flooding.

Locations which may be affected include Gladstone, Emerald, Rockhampton, Clermont, Mackay, Proserpine, Ayr, Bowen, Collinsville and Hamilton Island.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services 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.

UPDATE 12 MIDNIGHT: Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in Central Queensland.

The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding has passed.

The situation will continue to be monitored and there will be further updates as necessary.

It is believed the Byfield area experienced very heavy rainfall for an extended period of time.

In Frenchville, there were reports of up to 60mm recorded in about two hours.

Waterways around the region are saturated and the community is advised to stay out of creeks, rivers and drains,

Remember, if it's flooded, forget it.

 

UPDATE 10.40PM: Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in Central Queensland over the next few hours.

Locations which may be affected include Rockhampton, Mackay, Proserpine, Yeppoon, Hamilton Island, Marlborough, St Lawrence, Sarina, Eungella, Inglewood and Texas.

An 87km/h wind gust was recorded at Mackay at about 8.30pm.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Central Highlands and Coalfields district and the warning for this district is cancelled.

The next update is due at 12.15am Wednesday.

 

 

UPDATE 8PM: Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Rockhampton, Mackay, Proserpine, Biloela, Blackwater, Yeppoon, Moranbah, Collinsville, Hamilton Island, St Lawrence, Sarina and Goondiwindi. 

Large hail was reported between Dalby and Oakey earlier this afternoon. Damaging wind gusts have occurred in Dysart.

UPDATE 1.30PM: A severe thunderstorm warning for heavy rainfall, damaging winds and large hailstones has been issued for the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of the Central Coast and Whitsundays, Maranoa and Warrego and Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Dalby, Bundaberg, Emerald, Rockhampton, Mackay, Kingaroy, Biloela, Blackwater, Yeppoon, Moranbah, Sarina and Carnarvon National Park.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

* Move your car under cover or away from trees.

* Secure loose outdoor items.

* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.

* 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 4:15 pm.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219.

11.20am: A FLOOD warning has been issued for the Fitzroy River catchment with very heavy rainfalls forecast into the end of the week set to saturate the river system.

There is a minor flash flood warning in the lower reaches such as the Fitzroy River at Rockhampton.

Rockhampton Bureau of Meteorology technical officer Brendan Bradford said minor to moderate flooding was expected in the Fitzroy River catchment by the weekend.

"Showers and storms are forecast for the rest of today and tomorrow before we get some very heavy rainfall from Wednesday through to Saturday morning," Mr Bradford said.

"There is already a flood watch in place but we are releasing a minor to moderate flood warning for the Fitzroy River catchment.

"There is also a bit of flow in the upper reaches of the Fitzroy. At 9am this morning we recorded a height of 3.81m at Riverslea with the water already going over the bridge at Riverslea (41cm over)."

After a violent storm cell ripped through North Rockhampton yesterday afternoon causing damage to schools and homes, Mr Bradford warned this afternoon and tomorrow's storms could again bring damaging winds.

Mr Bradford said there was talk of rainfalls in excess of 200mm in Central Queensland over the next 24 hours which could lead to minor to moderate flooding in the upper reaches of the Fitzroy River catchment such as the Dawson River and minor flash flooding in the lower reaches such as the Fitzroy River at Rockhampton.

"This is one of the rainfall events this year in which we could see some flooding in the Fitzroy system," Mr Bradford said.

"We will see rises at Riverslea and The Gap but it might take a few days to travel down to Rockhampton."

 



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