STORM IMPACT: Rockhampton's CBD pelted with rain after a storm cell passed over this afternoon.
STORM IMPACT: Rockhampton's CBD pelted with rain after a storm cell passed over this afternoon.

UPDATE: Rockhampton smashed by storm, warning updated

4.30PM: THE worst of the storm appears to have passed through Rockhampton but it looks like there is more rain on the way.

The latest severe storm warning issued at 4.11PM by the Bureau of Meteorology shows the warning area now extends to the coastline.

The warning remains in place for people in Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and parts of Central Highlands and Coalfields, Maranoa and Warrego and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

LATEST WARNING: The latest severe thunderstorm warning issued at 4.11pm extends to coastal areas.
LATEST WARNING: The latest severe thunderstorm warning issued at 4.11pm extends to coastal areas.

“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours,” the BOM said.

“Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Roma, Gympie, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Emerald, Rockhampton, Ipswich, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe, Goondiwindi and Gatton.”

LATEST RADAR: The worst of the storm cell appears to have passed over Rockhampton but it looks like there is more rain on the way.
LATEST RADAR: The worst of the storm cell appears to have passed over Rockhampton but it looks like there is more rain on the way.

These are some of the latest weather pics we’ve received from our readers:

STORM APPROACHES: Katie Tones sent this image of the storm cell viewed from the Yeppen Bridge.
STORM APPROACHES: Katie Tones sent this image of the storm cell viewed from the Yeppen Bridge.
STORM IMPACT: Wendy Cahill captured the storm sweeping into Rockhampton this afternoon.
STORM IMPACT: Wendy Cahill captured the storm sweeping into Rockhampton this afternoon.

STORM AFTERMATH: April Franklin sent this image of the puddles left behind by the storm in Gracemere.
STORM AFTERMATH: April Franklin sent this image of the puddles left behind by the storm in Gracemere.

GOOD RAIN: Tania Brannock sent this view of the rain from Midgee.
GOOD RAIN: Tania Brannock sent this view of the rain from Midgee.

4PM: WHILE the rain has eased in Rockhampton, our reader’s rain pics are flooding in.

Be sure to share your own on our Facebook page.

RAIN PIC: Karlah Thorne shared this rain image from Gracemere.
RAIN PIC: Karlah Thorne shared this rain image from Gracemere.

RAIN PIC: Rebecca Miller shared this rain pic captured in Depot Hill.
RAIN PIC: Rebecca Miller shared this rain pic captured in Depot Hill.

WELCOME RAIN: Tia-Jayde Hughes sent in this rain pic from Port Curtis.
WELCOME RAIN: Tia-Jayde Hughes sent in this rain pic from Port Curtis.

3.40PM: ROCKHAMPTON is getting absolutely belted by lightning, thunder, strong winds and heavy rain from a large storm cell which formed after two different storm fronts converged together from the west and north.

Emergency services are rendering assistance to vehicles bogged by flash flooding on Gladstone Road and motorists are urged to stay clear of the area.

A “good samaritan” was reportedly helping clear out one of the drains.

There are early reports of a traffic crash on the Capricorn Highway.

STORM IMPACT: Rockhampton's CBD pelted with rain after a storm cell passed over this afternoon.
STORM IMPACT: Rockhampton's CBD pelted with rain after a storm cell passed over this afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology released another severe thunderstorm warning at 3.12pm which included Rockhampton in its warning zone.

The warning is for people in Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and parts of Central Highlands and Coalfields, Maranoa and Warrego and Southeast Coast “Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours,” the BOM said.

“Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Roma, Gympie, Emerald, Rockhampton, Ipswich, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe, Goondiwindi and Gatton.”

RAIN INCOMING: A line of storms is fast approaching the Rockhampton region according to the latest radar image at 2.15pm.
RAIN INCOMING: A line of storms is fast approaching the Rockhampton region according to the latest radar image at 2.15pm.

STORM IMPACT: Rockhampton's CBD pelted with rain after a storm cell passed over this afternoon.
STORM IMPACT: Rockhampton's CBD pelted with rain after a storm cell passed over this afternoon.

2.20PM: A huge area of Queensland is set to be hit by severe thunderstorms according to the latest warning map issued at 1.24pm by the Bureau of Meteorology.

The storms were expected to impact Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Maranoa and Warrego and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts and parts of Central Highlands and Coalfields.

“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours,” the BOM said.

“Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Roma, Gympie, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe and Goondiwindi.”

Storm fronts can be seen converging from the west and north towards Rockhampton on the rainfall radar.

RAIN INCOMING: A line of storms is fast approaching the Rockhampton region according to the latest radar image at 2.15pm.
RAIN INCOMING: A line of storms is fast approaching the Rockhampton region according to the latest radar image at 2.15pm.

12.45PM: MOUNT Morgan is now in the firing line of the approaching storm cells according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s updated severe thunderstorm warning.

The latest warning was issued at 12.10pm for people in Capricornia, Central Highlands and Coalfields,Darling Downs and Granite Belt, parts of Wide Bay and Burnett and Maranoa and Warrego Forecast Districts.

“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours,” the BOM said.

“Locations which may be affected include Roma, St George, Biloela, Stanthorpe, Goondiwindi and Mount Morgan.”

CURRENT RAIN: This was the rainfall radar at 12.30pm.
CURRENT RAIN: This was the rainfall radar at 12.30pm.

10.20AM: PARTS of Capricornia are being urged to make preparations after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning.

The warning, which was issued at 9.55am, said heavy falls were likely with slow moving storms that may lead to flash flooding in parts of Capricornia, Darling Downs, Granite Belt, Wide Bay and Burnett and Maranoa and Warrego Forecast Districts.

STORM THREAT: The parts in yellow are being warned to prepare for severe thunderstorms.
STORM THREAT: The parts in yellow are being warned to prepare for severe thunderstorms.

“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours,” the BoM said.

“Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Biloela, Stanthorpe, Goondiwindi, Mungindi and Tara.”

GREAT RESULT: Ridgelands resident Michelle Hewerdine showed what a difference a recent dump of 87mm made for the dam on their property
GREAT RESULT: Ridgelands resident Michelle Hewerdine showed what a difference a recent dump of 87mm made for the dam on their property

Rainfalls recorded

166mm rain was recorded at Ruined Castle in 3 hours to 3:00am.

145mm rain was recorded at Rolleston Alert in 3 hours to 5:00am - 165mm to 9am.

116mm rain was recorded at Krismark Downs in 2hrs to 8:15am.

3.4mm at Rockhampton to 9am.

3.8mm at Yeppoon to 9am.

16mm at Williamson RAAF to 9am.

5.8mm at The Glen to 9am.

7.4mm at Hedlow to 9am.

9mm at Marlborough Ck to 9am.

16mm at Moranbah to 9am.

20mm at Yatton to 9am.

17mm at Nebo to 9am

37mm at Deverill to 9am.

5.8mm at Blackwater to 9am.

47mm at Capella to 9am.

2.8mm at Clermont to 9am.

34mm at Emerald to 9am.

47mm at Fairbairn Dam to 9am.

25mm at Tanderra to 9am.

CQ RAIN: This was where the rain has fallen over the past 24 hours.
CQ RAIN: This was where the rain has fallen over the past 24 hours.

PREDICTED FALLS: This is Saturday's rainfall forecast.
PREDICTED FALLS: This is Saturday's rainfall forecast.

A minor flood warning was issued for the Dawson River at 10am.

Minor flood levels are easing at Taroom during Saturday, while river level rises are occurring downstream.

Rainfall totals 60-100 mm, with isolated heavier falls up to 212 mm were recorded overnight Friday into Saturday.

Further heavy showers and storms are possible over the next few days.

Dawson River to Theodore:

River levels are easing along the upper Dawson after falls overnight Wednesday into Thursday.

The Dawson River at Taroom is easing after peaking at 5.25 metres Friday night. The river level is currently at 4.98 metres and falling. The Dawson River at Taroom is expected to fall below the minor flood level (4.50 m) late Saturday. Renewed river level rises possible with further heavy rainfall.

Dawson River downstream of Theodore:

River levels rises are occurring following rainfall overnight Friday. Possible minor flooding is expected next week as floodwaters arrive from upstream.

Flood Safety Advice:

Remember: If it’s flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500. For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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.

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