A deep trough is forecast to move across southern and central Queensland from late Friday, generating widespread moderate to heavy rainfall throughout the weekend before moving off the southeast coast late Sunday.
Acting Queensland Regional Director, Richard Wardle, said with catchments already wet from recent rainfall we’re likely to see localised flash flooding and river and stream rises.
“Rainfall and gusty storms are expected throughout the weekend. These storms may be severe, particularly close to the trough, and we urge the public to stay tuned for warnings and local media updates over the weekend.
“While there is the potential for another East Coast Low to develop off the NSW coast as the system moves further south, this will not have an impact on Queensland.
“The impacts of coastal erosion are unlikely to be as significant as early June, due to generally lower tides and swells,” said Dr Wardle.
Widespread rainfall is expected for western and central parts of the state with the passage of the trough on Saturday. Rainfall should then extend across the southern central, southeast and coastal regions as far north as Townsville on Sunday. Isolated falls in excess of 100mm are possible with thunderstorms.
A Flood Watch has been issued for the Georgina and Diamantina Rivers, Cooper Creek, Bulloo, Paroo, Warrego, Balonne, Moonie and Border Rivers. Members of the public are urged to stay tuned for specific Warnings and follow the advice of local emergency services.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Deputy Commissioner Mike Wassing said QFES was prepared and ready to respond, and urged Queenslanders to prepare too.
â€œBefore the predicted heavy rain arrives, clear gutters and trim any overhanging branches. Take the time now to consider if you really need to be on the roads this weekend. If you do, make sure you have a Plan B in place, including identifying alternative routes. Flooded roads are dangerous and unpredictable, and the message is simple: if itâ€™s flooded, forget it,â€ said Mr Wassing.
Residents who require storm and flood assistance should contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500. In a life-threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000). For more information on floodwater safety visit www.qld.gov.au/floodwatersafety
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Issued: Friday, 17 June 2016