Flood watch: Threat to southwestern Queensland

A FLOOD-watch warning has been issued for south-western Queensland with heavy falls predicted to raise river levels.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning for at-risk catchments including the Bulloo and Paroo river basins, and parts of the Warrego River and Cooper Creek basins.

It's predicting widespread daily rainfall totals of 25-60mm, with isolated heavier falls with thunderstorms for areas across south-western Queensland during tomorrow and Friday.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings to view the current flood warnings for Queensland.

The flood watch means people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.



A flood watch has also been issued for Queensland coastal catchments from Cairns to Gladstone, including Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton, extending inland to include parts of the Burdekin and Fitzroy catchments.

A spokesman for the bureau said: "A flood watch has also been issued for a second trough forecast to move through the southwest Channel Country and Western Queensland, bringing with it the chance of showers and thunderstorms for inland areas on Thursday and Friday.

"The most likely area for storms will be near and to the east of this slow moving surface trough, from Cloncurry south to Cunnamulla, including the towns of Winton, Windorah, Quilpie, Thargomindah, Longreach, and Charleville. Some of these storms may be severe," he said.

For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Current emergency information is available at www.qld.gov.au/alerts.

For the latest weather forecasts see: www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts.

Warning, rainfall and river information is available at www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood.

Toowoomba forecast

  • Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers. 0mm to 1mm
  • Friday: High (80%) chance of rain, most likely in the afternoon and evening. 8mm to 15mm
  • Saturday: High (80%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. 2mm to 5mm  

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