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Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland Regional Office


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SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for HEAVY RAINFALL
For people in parts of the
Gulf Country Forecast District.

Issued at 5:01 pm Tuesday, 21 February 2017.

Synoptic Situation:

At 5pm AEST Tuesday, ex-tropical cyclone Alfred was located over land near the
Queensland and Northern Territory border. The tropical low is expected to remain
slow moving over land before shifting westwards on Wednesday.

Bands of rain and thunderstorms on the periphery of the tropical low are
expected to continue moving into parts of the Gulf Country during the next 24
hours. 24 hour rainfall totals of 100 to 150mm are expected, with possible
localised falls in excess of 200mm. This rainfall could be intense at times,
particularly with thunderstorms, possibly leading to localised flash flooding.

A Flood Watch is current for the Gulf Rivers.

Locations which may be affected include Burketown, Mornington Island, Sweers
Island, Doomadgee, Karumba and Westmoreland Station.



Sweers Island recorded 214mm of rain to 9am this morning.
Mornington Island Airport recorded 143mm of rain from 9am Monday to 4 am
Tuesday.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.


The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 pm AEST Tuesday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Queensland Fire
and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.
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