Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Prayers answered as rain falls in drought-stricken north-west Qld

By Kate Stephens and Amy Phillips, Friday November 22, 2013 - 18:17 EDT
ABC image
Welcome rain has fallen in Mount Isa today. - ABC

Drought-affected landholders across parts of north-west Queensland have woken to rain in their gauges for the first time in months.

About 50 people gathered in Mount Isa yesterday to pray for rain and it seems those prayers may have been answered.

A band of showers along the Flinders Highway overnight has produced decent falls for parts of north-west Queensland.

Thirty-two millimetres has fallen in Cloncurry, while Julia Creek and Richmond have recorded more than 40 millimetres and the rain is still falling.

Rain is expected to continue over the weekend in parts of the north-west.

The weather bureau says a trough is developing and the scattered showers and storms should continue in parts of the north-west over the next few days.

Gloria Alloway lives in Nelia, 50 kilometres east of Julia Creek.

She says this morning more than 60 millimetres has fallen at her place and it is still falling.

"Heavy, heavy rain, sheets and sheets of water everywhere," she said.

"I thought good - we'll get half an inch out of this, it just hasn't abated - going on and on."

Colin Blacklock lives 100 kilometres north of Julia Creek and has had nearly 90 millimetres this morning.

"We've been here 35 years and it's certainly the worst year we've ever had," he said.

"We have had nearly as much rain this morning as we had for the whole of the wet season last year, so it's put some smiles on the faces around here."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

SA weather: Adelaide power mostly restored but BoM forecasts more storms

06:32 EST

More than 100,000 people in South Australia are still without power after wild weather plunged the state into darkness, although the lights are back on in much of Adelaide's metropolitan area.

South Australia looks to recover from power outage, 'treacherous' conditions remain: live blog

04:45 EST

South Australia is looking to recover from state-wide blackouts after yesterday's massive storm, but parts of the state remain without power.

SA weather: Power 'gradually' returning after blackout plunged state into darkness

00:07 EST

Power is gradually being turned back on across parts of South Australia but much of the state remains in darkness after a widespread blackout.