Monsoon system continues to spread across Qld

RACQ has urged Queenslanders to be on alert, as the weather system which caused record floods in north Queensland continued to impact other parts of the State.

Townsville Bulletin

In the 24 hours to 9am on Tuesday, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) recorded between 100mm and 150mm of rain around coastal and inland areas between Cairns and Mackay. Parts of the western interior received more than 300mm during the same period.

The upper Bluewater area received extremely high levels of rainfall early this morning, with an emergency alert issued for Bluewater, Bluewater Park, Toolakea Beach, Saunders Beach areas at about 12.30am, where residents were urged to move to higher ground.

A number of severe weather and major flood warnings were in place for several locations across the State.

The weather system was forecast to remain almost stationary, or drift slowly south over the next day or two, bringing heavy rainfall, damaging winds and possible storms.

 

North Tropical Coast and Tablelands Forecast

High to very high chance of showers continuing until at least Friday, with possible thunderstorms.

 

Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast

High to very high chance of showers continuing until at least Friday, with potentially heavy falls in the south. Possible thunderstorms also expected.

 

Central Coast and Whitsundays Forecast

High to very high chance of showers continuing until at least Friday, with potentially heavy falls in the north. Possible thunderstorms also expected.

 

Central Highlands and Coalfields Forecast

High to very high chance of showers and patchy continuing until at least Friday, with potentially heavy falls in the northwest. Possible thunderstorms also expected.

 

Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders Forecast

High to very high chance of showers and patchy continuing until at least Friday, with potentially heavy falls in the southwest.  Possible thunderstorms also expected.

 

Central West Forecast

High to very high chance of showers and patchy continuing until at least Thursday. Possible thunderstorms also expected.

Residents were urged to pay attention to the warnings and adhere to instructions from authorities.

 

Several evacuation centres remained open in the Townsville area. Residents who may be required to evacuate were urged to prepare accordingly.