Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Channel Country and parts of North West, Central West and Maranoa and Warrego Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:55 am Wednesday, 4 March 2020.

Heavy rainfall and locally damaging winds in Southwest Queensland.

Weather Situation: Ex-tropical cyclone Esther is currently located over the eastern Northern Territory and is moving southeast towards the NT/QLD border. The system is interacting with an upper trough currently moving across South Australia to bring widespread rainfall to southwest Queensland today, continuing into Thursday.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is likely to develop this morning and spread through the warning area during the remainder of today and Thursday, before contracting southeastwards. 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. These conditions are expected to continue into Thursday.

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 Thargomindah, Birdsville, Cunnamulla, Quilpie, Windorah and Urandangi.

In the 24 hours to 9am on 4/3/20, 78mm was recorded at Boulia, 70mm at Thargomindah Airport, and 67mm at Birdsville Airport.

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.