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05 February, 2019

Queensland Flooding

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)

Kind Regards,

Tony Brazenor
Regional General Manager - Queensland
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