A LOW-PRESSURE system which has already delivered significant rainfall and flooding around Townsville was tracking to the west on Friday afternoon, shifting the focus to Queensland’s parched Central and North West regions, including Longreach and Mount Isa.
Senior Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Rick Threlfall said heavy rainfall and flooding with locally damaging winds were the main impacts, with forecasts of 24-hour rainfall in the 75- 150mm range, with isolated falls of up to 300mm possible with thunderstorms.
“While rainfall may be welcome in parts of inland Queensland there is still uncertainty regarding the track of the low pressure system and where the heaviest falls will be,” Mr Threlfall said.
A BOM Flood Watch has been issued for the Central West, Channel Country and Gulf Rivers.
Rivers level rises across remote areas could cause significant disruption to transport and isolation of communities for a long duration. Check for warnings and road closures, and avoid travel if possible when warnings are in place, BOM sugested.
Due to recent shower and storm activity across parts of the Gulf, some catchments are already wet and as a result rivers are expected to respond more quickly with flood warnings possible.
If the heaviest rainfall moves further south into the Central West, catchments are a lot drier, but significant rainfall may still result in river levels rising and flood warnings being issued, BOM said.
This warning will be updated over the weekend.