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Weather Warnings - Severe Weather Warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland Regional Office


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SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for HEAVY RAINFALL
For people in the
Central Coast and Whitsundays and parts of the
Central Highlands and Coalfields and
Capricornia Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:03 am Saturday, 6 February 2016.

Synoptic Situation:
A very moist tropical air mass lies ahead of a surface trough currently located
near the central Queensland coast.
The trough is expected to remain slow-moving near the central Queensland coast
today and into tonight where it should produce areas of heavy rain and
thunderstorms.

Rainfall has decreased and largely contracted offshore in the 6 hours to 9:00am
Saturday.
Rain and thunderstorms should develop again through this afternoon and into this
evening, with further heavy falls likely, particularly with thunderstorms.

Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, may occur in parts of the Central
Coast and Whitsundays, northern Capricornia and far eastern parts of the Central
Highlands and Coalfields, later today and into tonight.
Local six-hourly rainfall accumulations of 100mm to 150mm are possible about the
coast and nearby ranges.

Locations which may be affected include Proserpine, St Lawrence, Sarina, Mackay,
Yeppoon and Collinsville.

A separate Flood Watch is current for parts of the Central Highlands and
Coalfields, Capricornia, and Central Coast and Whitsundays districts, as are a
number of Flood Warnings.




Overnight a number of locations received some heavy falls. Since 9am Friday
Munburra received 297mm [south of Mackay], Mount Jukes 252mm [north of Mackay],
Sarina 245mm and Moranbah 169mm.

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 warning is due to be issued by 4:05 pm.

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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