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Brisbane rain: Big wet tracking down coast to south-east Queensland, BOM says

Friday May 19, 2017 - 16:02 EST
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Brisbane, and the south-east could receive 80mm today with BOM saying the weather should clear up on Saturday. - ABC

Unseasonal rain is falling across large parts of Queensland, with one city receiving nearly four times its May average in a day.

Bowen has received 146 millimetres since Thursday morning, well above its May average of 39mm, and Townsville recorded 124mm, nearly four times its monthly average.

The Whitsunday region has recorded some of the highest falls with Alva Beach copping 241mm since Thursday morning.

There have been no reports of major flash flooding but some in a number of cities and towns, as rain falls steadily from Innisfail to the southern border.

Rainfall totals of 100 to 200 millimetres are forecast and a flood watch has been issued for areas between Rollingstone and Gladstone and inland to parts of the Burdekin and Fitzroy catchments.

The Bureau of Meteorology said isolated totals of up to 400 millimetres of rain were possible.

Forecaster Julian De Morton said the rain would ease in the north late today, and most of the state would be "pretty fine" tomorrow.

"A lot of the systems that are causing this rainfall are going to weaken," he said.

Pineapple planting delayed due to wet weather

Farmer Steven Pace, who grows pineapples at his property at Rollingstone, said he had received more than 130 millimetres of rain since Wednesday.

Work to hand-plant more than 1.6 million pineapples is underway but the rain is expected to delay the process by up to two weeks.

Mr Pace said any setbacks would be far outweighed by the benefits.

"With the rain, what we have planted now will take off very quickly and evenly," he said.

"The crop that was planted last year, which we're due to harvest at the end of this year, will be that much better as well."

Rain moving south

Forecaster Rick Threlfall said the rain picked up in the south-east overnight, particularly the Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane's north.

Bribie Island got 70mm overnight, while the CBD saw only 10mm.

"It will be rain on and off throughout the day and even tonight," he said.

"We could see 50 to 80mm around the south-east today, maybe a little more in some pockets.

"It will be a wet 24 hours to come.

"Things [will] ease off pretty rapidly on the weekend."

Wappa Dam on the Sunshine Coast began spilling excess water due to the heavy rain on Friday.


© ABC 2017

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