UPDATE: More than 150mm falls across CQ, more still to come

17th October 2017 6:37 AM
UPDATED 18th October 12:47 PM
Flash flooding has closed the Bruce Hwy and a number of roads across the state as CQ braces for a hammering today. PICTURED: Moneys Creek Causeway in Bundaberg has water flowing over from the overnight rain yesterday. Flash flooding has closed the Bruce Hwy and a number of roads across the state as CQ braces for a hammering today. PICTURED: Moneys Creek Causeway in Bundaberg has water flowing over from the overnight rain yesterday. Paul Donaldson

12.20PM: MORE than 100mm has bucketed down on Central Queensland, with reports of isolated falls above 150mm in Rockhampton and surrounds.

The Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled a severe weather warning for Capricornia, but heavy falls are still expected this afternoon and into the night.

A strong wind warning is current for Capricornia.

The Bruce Hwy remains closed in several places south of Rockhampton.

For road closures, click here.

BOM meteorologist's in-depth forecast for CQ here.

10am: With the rainfall continuing the Rockhampton Regional Council has advised residents of roads closed around the region.

For the full list of road closures click here.

6.30m: A severe weather warning remains current for Capricornia and the Bruce Hwy closed in a number of places south of Rockhampton.

Already 85.8mm has fallen over Rockhampton since 9am yesterday; 68.2mm of that rainfall was between midnight and 6am today.

Yeppoon received 57.8mm since 9am yesterday, with 50.8mm falling from midnight to 6am.

Severe thunderstorms are also possible in Rockhampton and Yeppoon and the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning if necessary, and the latest update at 4.57am warns of potential flash flooding.

Bureau of Meteorology have issued a severe weather warning today for Capricornia, Central Coast and Whitsundays and parts of Herbert and Lower Burdekin
Bureau of Meteorology have issued a severe weather warning today for Capricornia, Central Coast and Whitsundays and parts of Herbert and Lower Burdekin BOM

Roads across the state, including the Bruce Hwy, have already been inundated by flood waters (scroll down for more details).

Six-hourly rainfall totals of 120-180mm are possible today, with 200mm possible in isolated patches.

Higgins Storm Chasing shared this radar image as of 5.55am: Rain areas are continuing around the Bundaberg area. Showers are active around Rockhampton and Gladstone but heavier rain is active north of Rocky.
Higgins Storm Chasing shared this radar image as of 5.55am: Rain areas are continuing around the Bundaberg area. Showers are active around Rockhampton and Gladstone but heavier rain is active north of Rocky. Weatherzone

Areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms, which may lead to flash flooding, are possible over coastal areas between Ayr and Rockhampton today, chiefly during the morning

It comes as an upper low lies over the northern interior of Queensland, which is expected to move slowly east towards the tropical coast while weakening.

A surface trough lies near the Central Capricornia Coast and is expectedto move into Townsville and Cairns waters later today.

Road closures across Queensland as of 7am, courtesy of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Road closures across Queensland as of 7am, courtesy of the Department of Transport and Main Roads. DTMR
  • Flash flooding has inundated the Bruce Hwy at Miriam Vale near Lavender Rd to House Creek; Calliope near Ginger Beer Creek Culvert and in the vicinity of Brendonna Rd; and Lowmead at the Kolan River.
     
  • Some nearby roads off the Bruce Hwy are also closed to all traffic due to flash flooding, according to the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
     
  • The Dawson Hwy at Mount Alma is closed to all traffic around Sheep Station Creek Bridge, with water over the road on a side track.
     
  • Flash flooding is also affecting a number of local roads across the Central Highlands, Rockhampton and Gladstone regions.
     
  • Blackwater Rolleston Rd is restricted to high-clearance vehicles in all directions due to flash flooding.

2.40am: Rockhampton has recorded 55mm of rain in two hours between 12.30am and 2.30am with 73mm falling since 9am Tuesday.

1am: A severe weather warning issued at 11pm Tuesday is current for for people in Capricornia, Central Coast and Whitsundays  and parts of Wide Bay and Burnett Forecast Districts.

Areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms, which may lead to flash flooding, are currently occurring about the Capricornia coast and adjacent inland.

Further localised areas of heavy rain are expected to develop over remaining coastal areas between Bowen and Bundaberg during the next 24 hours, chiefly overnight tonight.

Six hourly rainfall totals of 120mm to 180mm are possible, with isolated 6 hourly totals over 200mm.

The Bruce Hwy has been closed in a number of locations south of Gladstone (including Calliope near Brendonna Rd) due to water over the road while the Dawson Highway at Mt Alma was closed at 10pm at Sheep Station Creek Bridge construction on the side track due to water over side track.

Severe weather warning for CQ issued 11pm October 18, 2017.
Severe weather warning for CQ issued 11pm October 18, 2017.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued its severe weather update at 11pm Tuesday advising heavy rainfall was likely to fall in coastal areas between Bowen and Bundaberg during the next 24 hours.

Severe thunderstorms are also possible in the area. Locations which may be affected include Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Mackay, Proserpine, Hamilton Island and Bowen.

Heavy falls for the area  include 130mm of rainfall in the 6 hours to 10.45pm at Bulburin (near Builyan).

 A strong upper low over the northern interior of Queensland is moving east towards the tropical coast during the next 24 hours.

A surface trough lies near the Central and Capricornia coast, and is expected to move into Townsville waters during Wednesday.

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. 

10pm: The Dawson Highway has been closed at Sheep Station Creek Bridge Construction on the side track due to Water over side track.

5pm: There is an updated severe weather warning for people in Capricornia, the Central Coast and Whitsundays and parts of Wide Bay and Burnett Forecast Districts.

The Bureau of Meteorology advises heavy rainfall is likely to occur in coastal areas between Bowen and Hervey Bay during the next 24 hours.

Six hourly rainfall totals of 120mm to 180mm are possible, with isolated 6 hourly totals over 200mm. A strong upper low lies over Central Queensland, which will move northeast towards the tropical coast during the next 24 hours.

A surface trough lies off the Wide Bay and Capricornia coast, and is expected to extend back onto the Central Coast overnight tonight.

Areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms, which may lead to flash flooding, are currently occurring about the Capricornia and Wide Bay coasts and adjacent inland.

Further localised areas of heavy rain are expected to develop over remaining coastal areas between Bowen and Hervey Bay during the next 24 hours, chiefly overnight tonight.

A separate Severe Thunderstorm Warning is current for heavy rainfall currently occurring abut the southern Capricornia and northern Wide Bay and Burnett forecast districts.

Locations which may be affected include Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Proserpine, Bowen, Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Yeppoon and Hamilton Island.

The heaviest falls to date include: 
135mm during the last 6 hours at Miriam Vale.
218mm during the last 6 hours at Bulburin Alert (near Builyan).
105mm during the last 6 hours near Lowmead.
 

UPDATE 4.45PM: The Bruce Highway has been closed south of Gladstone.

A notification from the Department of Transport and Main Roads says the road has been closed at Kolan River, between Gin Gin and Benaraby due to water over the road.
 

UPDATE 2PM: ROCKHAMPTON has only had a taste of the wild weather with experts warning the worst is yet to come.

The storm system which has dumped hundreds of millimetres on some Queensland townships to the south is forecast to hit its hardest from this evening.  

Read Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Harry Clark's explanation on what to expect in the coming days here.

Find out the latest on Central Queensland road closures here.

Bureau of Meteorology rainfall radar from Tuesday, October 17 to Friday, October 20.
Bureau of Meteorology rainfall radar from Tuesday, October 17 to Friday, October 20. BOM

10AM: WILD weather is already wreaking havoc across Central Queensland, with more than 300mm dumped in some parts of the state.

A severe weather warning remains for Central Queensland as the Bureau of Meteorology predict heavy rain and thunderstorms, which may lead to flash flooding between Bowen and Hervey Bay across the next 24 hours.

Bureau of Meteorology modelling shows a light to moderate falls currently bucketing over Yeppoon, across Rockhampton, out to Mount Morgan and south along the coast. 

Rainfall radar as of 9.45am.
Rainfall radar as of 9.45am. BOM

the Bureau of Meteorology warn a strong upper low lies over CQ, and a surface trough lies off the Wide Bay and Capricornia Coast.

Areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms, which may lead to flash flooding, are expected to develop in some coastal and adjacent inland areas between Bowen and Hervey Bay during the next 24 hours, chiefly overnight tonight.

Six-hourly rainfall totals of 120mm to 180mm are possible.

Photos from across the state reveal damage already caused by rainfall unseen since Cyclone Debbie.

6.15AM: A "TOP priority" weather warning was issued from Rockhampton down to Queensland's south-east coast about 6am.

Rainfall levels unseen since Cyclone Debbie have already lashed southeast Queensland, with damaging winds and flash-flooding on the way for coastal towns to the north.

Rainfall radar as of 6.30am.
Rainfall radar as of 6.30am. BOM

The Bureau of Meteorology are warning of heavy rainfall as an intensifying upper trough is forecast to remain slow moving over the Central Queensland interior.

The immediate threat of a severe thunderstorm has subsided after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning about 6am, but this will be monitored through the day.

Capricornia's winds and rainfalls are expected to ramp up overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning, where six-hourly totals of 100-140mm are possible.

Severe weather warning area as of 6am.
Severe weather warning area as of 6am. BOM

"Heavy rainfall is likely to occur across the eastern Wide Bay and Burnett, and the Capricornia coast south of Rockhampton," the Bureau warns.

"An intensifying upper trough is forecast to remain slow-moving over the central Queensland interior.

"Combined with a moist air mass, and a coastal trough over the Hervey Bay and Capricornia waters, it will lead to areas of heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms."

Already Yeppoon has collected 40mm, and townships to the region's south have already been battered by incredible rainfalls.

WATCH | Heavy rainfall on Fraser Coast

Wild weather batters Fraser Coast: The Fraser Coast has been hammered with heavy rain and the worst is yet to come.

In just six hours, 170mm of rainfall was recorded in the Westwood Range Alert, east of Miriam Vale, and 329mm total since 9am yesterday.

The Town of 1770 has recorded 44mm of rain, and 233mm has fallen at Miriam Vale Alert since 9am yesterday.

Heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected between Gladstone to Noosa today, with six-hourly rainfall totals of 120-180mm possible, particularly about the coast.

Locally damaging wind gusts up to 90 km/h are possible over Fraser Island and the coastal areas within the warning area during Tuesday morning.

A separate Severe Weather Warning is current for heavy rainfall and damaging wind gusts between Town of 1770 and Noosa Heads.

144mm of rain was observed in the 3 hours to 3.50am at Westwood Range, east of Miriam Vale and southwest of Seventeen Seventy.

There's also an Initial Minor Flood Warning for the Mary River and Initial Moderate Flood Warning for the Burrum and Cherwell Rivers Catchments.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Calliope River

Boyne River

Baffle Creek

Kolan River

Burrum and Cherwell Rivers

Mary River

Noosa River

Sunshine Coast Rivers and Creeks

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 9:05 am.