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October rainfall records doubled in Queensland

Ben Domensino, Wednesday October 18, 2017 - 10:23 EDT

It has been a remarkably wet October in parts of Queensland, with some areas receiving seven months worth of rain during the last two and a half weeks.

A series of rain-bearing systems have targeted Queensland since the beginning of October, the latest of which has been affecting the state's central and eastern districts since the weekend.

This multi-day deluge produced more than half a metre of rain in some areas and has lead to major flooding in river catchments near and west of Bundaberg.

The heaviest falls during the 24 hours to 9am today occurred near the coast and adjacent inland between Bundaberg and Rockhampton, where most rain gauges received 100-200mm of rain.

One gauge in the Bulburin National Park area collected 479mm during the last 24 hours and has seen an impressive 621mm during the last 2 days.

Further east, Bundaberg Airport's 110mm during the 24 hours to 9am today brings their running monthly total to 519mm. This is more than seven times Bundaberg's monthly average for this time of year and doubles their previous October rainfall record of 245mm from 1943.

A flood watch was in place on Wednesday morning for coastal catchments between Bowen and Hervey Bay in response to the recent rainfall. A number of flood and severe weather warnings were also in effect across a large swathe of eastern Queensland.

Rain and storms will continue to affect central and eastern Queensland today and on Thursday, although the heaviest falls will gradually contract northward, into the tropics.

Another rain-bearing system will sweep across southwest Queensland on Friday and the rest of Queensland during the weekend. While this system should cause less rain than the one currently affecting the state, the additional rain will be falling into already saturated catchments and may cause further flooding.

The latest warnings and flood advisories are available here: http://www.weatherzone.com.au/warnings.jsp

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