WEATHER: More than 55mm of rain recorded in region
UPDATE 5.30pm: PROSERPINE has received more than 55mm since 9am today according to BoM.
Other rainfall records since 9am today:
- St Lawrence: 51mm
- Hamilton Island: 49mm
- Bowen Airport: 47mm
- Walkerston: 47mm
- Carmila: 47mm
- Mackay: 41mm
- Greenmount: 43mm
- Eungella: 42mm
- Gargett 41mm
- Finch Hatton: 28mm
UPDATE, 10.33am: THERE is a potential for localised flash flooding in the Mackay region, but we'll need some heavy downpours today if that's to happen, says Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michael Knepp.
"There is potential (for localised flash flooding) if there's some heavy falls associated with this, but at the moment there's no warnings out, or even any watches out," he said.
"It's not a dangerous situation...just a bit of a rain event. There could be localised flash flooding, but that would at the moment be of low risk.
"There'll be widespread falls of between about 40 to 80mm (today)."
Mr Knepp said rainfall has been more intense towards the ranges this morning.
"(There's been) higher totals just in the edges of Mackay in the ranges out there, less out on the coast, so Mackay itself has had about 35mm," he said
"(It's been) mostly just rain, but we've had some bad thunderstorms in there too. We're starting to see the more intense rainfall head out to sea and a bit further south and we'll see this easing trend the rest of today.
"We'll see a vastly different day tomorrow as the south-westerly change comes through. We will definitely see much more sunny conditions tomorrow, with chance of rainfall basically zero."
BOM 24 hour rainfall totals to 9am today:
- 34mm at Mackay
- 76mm at Finch Hatton
- 73mm at Eungella
- 66mm at Urannah
- 65mm at Gargett
- 56mm at Calen
- 45mm at Emerald
- 44mm at Sarina
- 35mm at Clermont
- 32mm at Moranbah
- 31mm at Dysart
INITIAL: TORRENTIAL downpours with up to 100mm of rain have been forecast for parts of the Mackay region today as Central Queensland remains on flood watch, issued by the Bureau of Meteorology last night.
Widespread rainfall totals of 50 to 80 mm are expected, with isolated totals in excess of 100 mm possible.
Moderate to heavy rainfall moved east across Central Queensland during Saturday and were expected to contract to the east coast later today.River level rises above the minor flood level are possible and heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding.
See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings to view the current flood warnings for Queensland.
The flood watch means people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.Remember: If roads are flooded, forget it.
More information as it becomes available.
- 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 http://www.qldalert.com
SPORT: Due to the inclement weather AFL Mackay have advised that the under 8's and 10's fixtures have been cancelled today. The Under 12 fixture, still yet to be decided. Please contact your club for further information.