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Weather warning 5am Wednesday

Severe Weather Warningfor DAMAGING WINDS and HEAVY RAINFALL

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

Issued at 4:55 am Wednesday, 6 February 2019.

Heavy rainfall risk remains possible between Townsville and Sarina and adjacent inland, and also over the northwestern interior.

Weather Situation: A deep tropical low, located about 150 kilometres northeast of Julia Creek, extends a vigorous monsoon trough eastward through about Rollingstone. Both features are currently slow moving.

EAST COAST AND ADJACENT INLAND AREAS:

Rainfall rates were mostly moderate overnight. However, areas of heavy rainfall could redevelop during the day in the warning area. Six-hourly totals between 150mm and 200mm are possible.

Heavy rainfall is most likely to occur south of Townsville, however the threat of severe thunderstorms with heavy, potentially intense rainfall remains a risk in the warning area.

120mm fell at Michael Creek alert in the 6 hours to 1am

Damaging wind gusts up to 90km/h are possible in coastal areas south of Airlie Beach.

Locations which may be affected include Mackay, Townsville, Bowen, Ayr, Palm Island, Rollingstone, Proserpine, Collinsville, the Whitsunday Islands, and Sarina.

A number of major Flood Warnings are current for this region - please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/

NORTHWESTERN INTERIOR:

Heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, is likely to continue across the northwestern interior south of the tropical low. Six-hourly rainfall totals of 60mm to 120mm are possible.

79mm fell at Richmond in the 6 hours to 2am

Locations which may be affected include Julia Creek, Richmond and Winton.

Flood Warnings are current for this region - please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services 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. 
* 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 Wednesday.