Jan 06, 2021

Weather warning area tightens and moves south

Weather warning area tightens and moves south

The Bureau of Meteorology’s updated heavy weather warning has shifted south and carries with it predictions of heavier onshore rain this afternoon.

It now extends from south of Townsville to Hamilton Island and has constricted eastwards from Charters Towers and Collinsville.

The remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Imogen and a coastal trough are triggering widespread rain areas, heavy showers and thunderstorms.

The BOM says heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is possible with six hourly totals between 130mm to 180mm.

The heaviest rainfall is currently occurring just offshore, and is expected to come onshore in the warning area later today.

The risk of severe thunderstorms exists elsewhere about the northeast tropics and central coast.

A Flood Watch and various Flood Warnings are current in nearby areas. Refer to those products for more information regarding riverine flooding.

Locations which may be affected include Bowen, Ayr, Proserpine, Giru, Alva Beach, Airlie Beach and Clare.

While now out of the warning area, Ingham received falls of 240mm in the six hours to 11 this morning.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should: 
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it. 
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains. 
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.