BETTER LATE THAN NEVER !!!!!!
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 Northwest districts.
Issued at 5:15 am on Tuesday 20 March 2012
Synoptic Situation: A vigorous monsoon trough extends from the southern Gulf of
Carpentaria to the North Tropical Coast. At 4 am AEST, a tropical low was
located on the monsoon trough 85 km southwest of Croydon and 150 km
south-southeast of Normanton, over the southeastern Gulf Country. The low is
moving towards the south-southeast at 15 km/hr and is expected to continue in
this direction throughout today. This will take the low centre to near Richmond
by this evening.
Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 110 km/hr are possible within 250km of
the low centre, mainly on the eastern and southern sides, and extending even
further east towards the tropical and central coasts. Locations which may be
affected include Townsville, Ingham, Charters Towers, Moranbah, Richmond, and
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, Julia Creek, Richmond, Cairns, Innisfail, Ingham,
Townsville, Ayr, Bowen, Proserpine and Mackay.
Highest rainfall totals recorded since 9am Monday include Mission Beach 308 mm,
Paluma 274mm, Central Mill 253 mm and Boar Pocket 252 mm.
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 11 am AEST Tuesday
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au
or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Emergency
Management Queensland would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.