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01 February, 2019

Queensland Flooding

Please see attached and below Weather Intelligence Brief as at 01/02/2019 10:00 hours from the State Disaster Coordination Centre | Watch Desk
Key Points:

  • Tropical low has deepened, with heavy rain around the system (northwest Queensland).
  • Flash flooding remains a significant risk.
  • 1 in 100 year rainfall rates have occurred. Further 1 in 100 year rainfall possible, especially over the weekend near Townsville.
  • 700 to 1000mm has been recorded in the last 3-5 days, with further falls of 1-2m possible around Townsville and the Herbert and Lower Burdekin district in the next 7 days. Townsville annual average rainfall is ~1100mm.
  • Possible record heights on the Ross River, through Townsville area today. Major for the Ross and BohleRivers (around Townsville).
  • The monsoon trough is expected to remain slow-moving across north Queensland for several days. 
  • Bands of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms are likely on the eastern tropical coast between Innisfail and Bowen. Six hourly totals of 150-200mm are considered likely.
  • Heavy rainfall due to tropical low through northwest, with 75 to 125mm possible over 6-hourly periods.

Severe Weather Briefing 01022019
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