Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for Heavy Rainfall and Damaging Winds
For people in the following forecast districts: Northern Goldfields and Upper
Flinders, North Tropical Coast and Tablelands, Herbert and Lower Burdekin,
Central Coast and Whitsundays and parts of the Gulf Country, Peninsula and
Issued at 11:20 pm on Monday 19 March 2012
Synoptic Situation: A vigorous monsoon trough extends from the southern Gulf of
Carpentaria to the North Tropical Coast. At 10 pm AEST, a tropical low was
located on the monsoon trough 55km southeast of Normanton, over the eastern Gulf
Country. The low is moving towards the south-southeast at 15 km/hr and is
expected to continue in this direction during Tuesday. This will take the low
centre to near Richmond by Tuesday evening.
Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 100 km/hr are possible within 250km of
the low centre, mainly on the eastern and southern sides.
Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and worsen the existing flood
situation is expected over the eastern Gulf Country, Peninsula district south of
Coen and the eastern districts north of St. Lawrence, Northern Goldfields and
Upper Flinders and northeastern parts of the Northwest district. Scattered 24
hour totals in excess of 200mm are likely. Locations that may be affected
include Normanton, Georgetown, Richmond, Cairns, Innisfail, Ingham, Townsville,
Ayr, Bowen, Proserpine and Mackay.
Flood Warnings are current for various rivers and streams; seewww.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings
Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:
- Move your car under cover or away from trees.
- Secure loose outdoor items.
- Seek Shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
- Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
- Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
The next warning is due to be issued by 5 am AEST Tuesday