Severe Weather Update: heavy rainfall and flooding for northern Queensland, 3 Feb 2019

Severe Weather Update: heavy rainfall and flooding for northern Queensland, 3 Feb 2019

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Hello from the Bureau with an update on
the historic and record-breaking rain that we’ve seen across many parts of
northern Queensland over the last few days. It was another very wet night
through many parts of northern Queensland particularly around the
Townsville area, but also around the Mount Isa area as well where we saw
falls of over 200mm north of there. In Townsville the rainfall has
continued where we’ve also broken the record for the wettest 7-days in a
row on record, at 1012mm and that beats the previous record of 886mm. That was recorded on the ‘Night of Noah’ that week in 1998. Now
we’ve seen an incredible amount of rain through huge parts of Queensland over
the last week including to the areas north of Mount Isa and along the east
Queensland coast between Cairns and Townsville, where these black dots
represent falls in excess of 400mm We’ve even seen some heavy
falls north of Mount Isa as well, where the purple dots represent areas of
experiencing 200-400mm in the last 7- days. As you can see it’s
been a very widespread area has seen very heavy falls. Some extraordinary
numbers have come in through the Townsville area, with a number of
locations receiving over a metre of rain in the last 7-days particularly a
number of locations to the west of Townsville, where we’ve seen 1.4 to 1.6
meters of rain for some locations this is approaching their yearly average in just
a week. And this rain is set to continue over the coming days which is going to
further exacerbate the flooding issues that we have through many parts
of Queensland. Over the next 3-days the monsoon trough and low isn’t expected to move anywhere, and we’re expecting to see heavy falls continue including
places like central and eastern Queensland, and in particular along the
corridor between Mount Isa to Mackay extending that for Townsville.
So those along the Flinders Highway could see anywhere between 100-200mm in the coming few days. But also a particular concern is along the
urban lower Burdekin in and into the Central Coast regions where it could see
another 200-400mm and some locations may even be exceeding well over half a meter and getting close to a meter in the next 3-5 days. So with all this rainfall that has occurred around the region there was a
lot of flooding going on, and for the latest on the flooding stay tuned later today a for an update on the flooding forecast
from n hydrologist in Queensland. But remember if you’re out and about in the
next couple of days stay tuned to the latest forecast and warning to the Bureau’s
website and on Twitter, and also remember to listen to the advice from emergency
services.

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