QLD Severe Weather Warning: Heavy Rain

QLD Severe Weather Warning: Heavy Rain
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in the Central Coast and Whitsundays, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:38 pm Thursday, 24 January 2013.

Synoptic Situation:
At 10pm, Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald was located over land, approximately 150 km west-northwest of Mackay and moving south-southeast at about 20 kilometres per hour. The monsoon trough extended from the Gulf of Carpentaria to Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald and then to the east coast near Fraser Island.

Destructive winds with gusts in excess of 125 km/hr are possible about the Central Coast-Whitsundays and Capricornia districts. Areas that may be affected include islands and coastal areas between Bowen and Agnes Water.

Damaging winds with gusts to 90 km/hr are possible over the Wide Bay and Burnett district. Areas that may be affected include islands and coastal locations between Agnes Water and Sandy Cape.

Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is likely over the Central Coast-Whitsundays, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, eastern parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, extending to the Sunshine Coast during Friday. Coastal locations and adjacent inland areas between Bowen and Brisbane may be affected. Six hour rainfall accumulations of 100 to 200mm are possible. Heavy rain areas are expected to begin easing from the Central Coast-Whitsundays district during Friday morning.

Flood Warnings are current for various rivers and streams in these districts, see

Heavy rainfall and damaging winds are no longer occurring in the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders and Herbert and Lower Burdekin districts, hence the Severe Weather Warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

Emergency Management Queensland 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.

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