Weather: Warning of flash flooding ahead of HUGE rain dump
Northern Queensland is bracing for potentially dangerous flash flooding with intense rain forecast to lash the region.
The broader state is bracing for more rain throughout the week as the system moves south bringing more wet weather to NSW.
Residents in Longreach, Winton and nearby towns in north Queensland have been put on alert by a severe weather warning for storms from Tuesday morning.
⚠️Severe Weather Warning Update: Heavy rainfall forecast throughout the Central and Northern interior, and spreading to the NE coast on Wednesday. The heavy rainfall threat will contract from the west today. Significant flooding is likely. Details: https://t.co/CinugnxqkN pic.twitter.com/VscJpiOQP5
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) May 9, 2022
The Bureau of Meteorology says six-hour rainfall totals of up to 100mm are likely, and up to 150mm could hit some parts of the Central West.
"From (Tuesday) we'll start seeing a lot more rainfall in that central west area," senior forecaster Laura Boekel said.
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"So Longreach and Barcaldine are where we can expect to see the bigger falls and we've issued a severe weather warning today for that area."
The rainband is expected to move toward the coast with heavy falls in Townsville and Cairns from Wednesday, with isolated thunderstorms predicted to dump up to 150mm.
The system has formed unusually late in the wet season and the expected rainfall totals could be up to five times the regional May average of 30mm, she said.
'The community could be at risk'
The weather bureau has placed more than 30 rivers and creeks on flood watch, including all of those flowing into the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Lake Eyre Basin and most between Townsville and Cairns.
It expects transport to be disrupted, with many catchments already saturated from the Anzac weekend floods and some still flooding.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill has put residents on alert, particularly in the city's north with 150 to 200mm of rain forecast for Wednesday.
"The concern we have, where we might see high intense rainfalls in less than two hours, the catchments are quite damp," Ms Hill said on Monday.
"So we are likely to see flash flooding, particularly around our northern beaches, around the Bohle and Black River areas."
"It's areas that we don't have any weirs or ability to regulate how the catchment operates that the community could be at risk."
Another wet day across Queensland, and the next four days looking like being the wettest in this possibly record-breaking wet spell for May. @BOM_au pic.twitter.com/NHWr3Gp8Yo
— Peter Hannam (@p_hannam) May 9, 2022
In the state's far north, Cairns Regional Council told AAP rainfall is expected but won't exceed regular volumes for the region.
Out west in Winton, Mayor Gavin Baskett said more expected rain is a "godsend" that the region hasn't seen in May since Easter of 2008.
Two weeks ago, falls of between three and nine inches "put a smile on everyone's face".
"It couldn't get any better if we were to get a couple inches again now, that'll take us through the winter part of the year and lead into the back end of the year. It's a bit of a godsend really."
The system is expected to begin to clear toward the end of the week.
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