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5AM Weather Warning

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland

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Severe Weather Warning
for HEAVY RAINFALL

For people in parts of Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Central Coast and Whitsundays and Central Highlands and Coalfields Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:55 am Thursday, 10 January 2019.

Locally heavy rain likely between Proserpine and Townsville, particularly with thunderstorms.

Weather Situation: At 4am AEST Thursday, ex-tropical cyclone Penny was located inland, over the southern Herbert and Lower Burdekin. A trough associated with ex-tropical cyclone Penny is expected to move northwards along the tropical east coast during the next 24 hours and may produce areas of heavy rainfall.

Locally heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to occur this morning in coastal and adjacent inland areas between Proserpine and Townsville, particularly with thunderstorms.

Isolated six hourly rainfall totals between 150mm and 200mm are possible.

Locations which may be affected include Bowen, Ayr, Charters Towers, Collinsville, and Clare.

Strathbogie, south of Ayr recorded 130mm in 3hr to 3am and 266mm since 9am Wednesday.

Groper Creek recorded 108mm rainfall in 3 hr to 3am and 111mm since 9am Wednesday.

Ridgelands Alert, west of Mackay, recorded 145mm since 9am 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. 


The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 am AEST Thursday.