Bureau of Meteorology Issues Initial Flood Watch0
An Initial Flood Watch has been issued for coastal catchments between Gladstone and the New South Wales Border.
The first flood watch, issued by the Bureau of Meteorology this morning, indicates that minor flooding across a large swathe of catchments, including Pine and Caboolture Rivers and their tributaries, is possible.
The Bureau released a video yesterday, detailing the impacts, with Southern States, New South Wales and Victoria, likely to experience the worst of the impacts.
Parts of Queensland will begin to see the effects of the trough from Sunday and into Monday. Rainfall during the past week has primed local catchments for future level rises.
Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals of 30-70mm are possible about coastal catchments south of Gladstone during Sunday and Monday. Isolated heavier falls in the range of 80-180mm are possible each day, these fall are expected from severe thunderstorms embedded in the trough. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued by the Bureau of Meteorology during the event as required. You can view all Queensland warnings here.
IF IT’S FLOODED, FORGET IT!!!
The warning is as follows:
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland
Initial Flood Watch for coastal catchments between Gladstone and the New South Wales Border
Issued at 11:12 am EST on Friday 1 December 2017
Flood Watch Number: 1
Minor flooding is possible across the Flood Watch area.
A trough system and an associated band of showers and storms will move into the southwest of the state during Friday, shifting gradually eastwards across the state during the weekend. The associated band of showers and storms will likely clear the coast on Tuesday.
Rainfall during the past week has wetted up some coastal catchments meaning river level rises are likely.
Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals of 30-70mm are possible about coastal catchments south of Gladstone during Sunday and Monday.
Isolated heavier falls in the range of 80-180mm are possible each day with severe thunderstorms. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued during the event as required.
Minor flooding is possible across the Flood Watch area and isolated heavy rainfall may lead to localised flooding.
Rainfall totals and river level rises are expected to be significantly lower than those experienced in the Wide Bay catchments in October, and certainly nothing comparable to the widespread rainfall and flooding seen in Cyclone Debbie.
The Flood Watch area will be refined as the location of the heaviest rainfall becomes more certain.
Catchments likely to be affected include:
See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings to view the current flood warnings for Queensland.
Flood Safety Advice:
This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings.
- Remember: If it’s flooded, forget it.
For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Current emergency information is available at www.qld.gov.au/alerts.
This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 219 at a low call cost of 27.5 cents, more from mobile, public and satellite phones.
Warning, rainfall and river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/