05 February, 2019
Dear Valued Customers
Please note the following update on Queensland weather as per the State Disaster Coordination Centre.
Current situation -Satellite
- Showers and thunderstorms about an active monsoon trough and embedded tropical low.
- The monsoon trough position is expected to be slow-moving until at least Friday.
- Highest rainfall totals in the 7 days to 9am AEST Tuesday:
- 1852mm at Upper Bluewater
- 1758mm at Paluma
- 1669mm at Woolshed (Hervey Range)
- Townsville recorded 1158mm in the 7 days to 9am Monday (1115mm in the 7 days to 9am Tuesday). Previous record was 886.2mm (1998). The Townsville annual average rainfall is 1128mm.
- Major flood levels current for the Upper Burdekin, Haughton, Flinders, Leichardt Rivers and parts of the Diamantina.
- Major flood warning for Cloncurry, also.
Current Flood Watch (as of 2pm Tuesday)
Severe Weather Warning 1
- Heavy rainfall and damaging winds.
- 150mm to 200mm is likelywith areas of intense rainfall with totals up to 300mm possible, particularly with bands of thunderstorms.
- Flash flooding and landslides are a significant risk.
- From the weekend, rainfall may begin to ease/move away.
Severe Weather Warning 2
- Abnormally high tides are forecast around the Gulf of Carpentaria coast, including the Torres Strait Islands.
- Water levels above HAT are possible around the time of high tide, exacerbated by large waves through parts of the northern Gulf and Torres Strait.
- Monsoonal squalls with damaging wind gusts up to 90km/hralso possible north of Weipa, particularly with thunderstorms.
- A 95 km/h wind gust was recorded at Horn Island at 9am.
Forecast conditions –Rainfall (as of 2pm Tuesday)
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