Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of North West and Channel Country Forecast Districts.

Issued at 11:01 am Tuesday, 3 March 2020.
Heavy rainfall and locally damaging winds developing early Wednesday morning in Southwest Queensland.

Weather Situation: Ex-tropical cyclone Esther is currently located near Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory and is moving southeast towards the NT/QLD border. The remnants of Esther are expected to interact with an upper trough currently moving over South Australia to bring widespread rainfall to southwest Queensland from early Wednesday and continue into Thursday.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING will likely develop early Wednesday morning in southwestern Queensland and continue into Thursday before contracting southeast. Widespread 6 hourly totals of 50-100mm are likely across the warning area. Isolated locally intense rainfall totals in excess of 150mm are possible with embedded thunderstorms.

LOCALLY DAMAGING WINDS with peak gusts of around 90km/h are possible, mostly with thunderstorm activity from early Wednesday morning. These conditions are expected to continue into Thursday before contracting to the southeast during Thursday afternoon.
A separate flood watch is in place for rivers and creeks in southwestern Queensland [see http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDQ20900.html].

Locations which may be affected include Birdsville, Bedourie, Urandangi, Glenormiston, Mt Howitt Station, Orientos, Ballera, Morney and Durrie.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* 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.