Fears of flash floods and heavy rain as storms continue to batter the state
Severe weather continues across southern Queensland with an early morning storm warning raising fears of flash flooding after 73mm fell in just three hours.
A moist, unstable air mass connects with multiple troughs across the state to produce slow-moving severe thunderstorms.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued earlier this morning due to the potential for flash flooding around Tarum, Chinchilla and Miles.
A total of 73mm was recorded at the Pinelands, north of the Crow’s Nest, in the three hours to 6.15am.
The storm warning has now been canceled but the Met Office continues to monitor the situation.
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Met Office chief meteorologist Harry Clarke said the wettest areas in the state were mainly the southern interior, especially the northern Darling Downs.
“The falls reached 114mm at Steelers Road, North Miles, and we’re seeing widespread, you know, upwards of 50-60mm in the Northern Downs overnight.”
Mr Clark said most parts of the state could expect shower activity on Wednesday.
“There’s a reasonable chance in all areas really, along the coastline including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg, Mackay, Tonnaville and Cairns, it’s just showers,” he said.
“But once you move inland, there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms again this afternoon, some of which have the potential to be severe.”
Clark said the risk of severe activity was highest across the NSW border region, west of Stanthorpe towards Quilby in far south inland Queensland.
He added that there is also a slight chance around the Georgetown area in the northern interior.
Looking ahead, Mr Clark said that from tomorrow onwards, the rain will move westwards.
“So a wide range of showers and thunderstorms are still possible, across Maranoa and Warrego, that is, Charleville and Rome, the midwest around Longreach, up to Emerald, and then up into the northwest and the Gulf States,” he said.
“So in the next few days the rain will shift westwards into western Queensland, there is still a slight chance of rain along the coast each day, but the focus will certainly be more inland.
“Then probably back to the east on Monday and Tuesday next week as that starts to head towards the coast again.”
South-east Queensland has seen its heaviest rainfall in the past 24 hours since a rain system blanketed Queensland, with 115mm recorded at Upper Sandy Creek as of 7am today.
In Brisbane today, there is a moderate chance of rain becoming less likely in the afternoon, with daytime temperatures expected to reach 26°C.
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