Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Initial Flood Watch for Coastal and Adjacent Catchments between Mackay and Innisfail

Issued at 3:56 pm EST on Tuesday 28 January 2020 Flood Watch Number: 1

Minor flooding is possible across the Flood Watch area overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday.

The Tropical Low situated in the eastern Gulf of Carpentaria is generating moist and unstable air through most of central Queensland, which is resulting in shower and thunderstorm activity with locally heavy falls possible.

Many coastal catchments have wetted up over the last few days, which is likely to result in quick stream responses. Areas of very heavy rainfall was recorded in the Ayr area on Tuesday morning, with totals of 150 to 400 mm recorded to 9am Tuesday, and isolated 529 mm on the coast.

Further areas of very heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours across the Flood Watch area, with 100 to 200 mm likely and isolated 300 mm possible overnight.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Johnstone River

Tully River

Murray River

Black River

Ross and Bohle Rivers

Haughton River

Belyando and Suttor Rivers to Burdekin Falls Dam

Burdekin River to Burdekin Falls Dam

Burdekin River downstream of Burdekin Falls Dam

Don and Proserpine Rivers

Pioneer River

Flood Warnings are current for the following catchments: Cape River (upper Burdekin catchment), Upper Herbert River.

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Flood Safety Advice:
This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings.
Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
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