LISTEN: 'Slow moving' system to hit Gladstone region: BOM

UPDATE 5pm:

THE deep upper-low moving across central Queensland has slowed, and is now expected to be heaviest in Gladstone tomorrow after lunch.

Originally it was forecast to hit Gladstone on Friday and Saturday, but today the system has slowed. 

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Adam Blazak said it was hard to estimate where the surface trough would form on the coast.

"The system has slowed down.

"These troughs do have a mind of their own, and so estimations on where they will be usually do cover a fairly large area," he said.

Mr Blazak said residents could expect steady rainfall tonight and tomorrow morning.

UPDATE 4.15pm:

SPORTING events have been cancelled in Gladstone this weekend because of the 80-100mm deluge forecast.

These are the sporting events that have been cancelled so far:

- Junior and senior soccer

- Junior rugby league this afternoon and tomorrow

- CQ Off Road Racing at Calliope on Saturday

If you have an event that has been cancelled because of the wet weather please email tegan.annett@gladstoneobserver.com.au or add the details in the comment section below.

UPDATE 12pm: 

THE BUREAU of Meteorology has issued an updated weather warning for Gladstone and other parts of central Queensland, saying isolated falls over a six-hour period could bring rain that exceeds 90mm.  

BoM has issued a flood watch for five Queensland river catchments, including the Fitzroy River, "with some potential for flash flooding in susceptible areas". 

In the warning, issued at 10.56 this morning, BoM said the latest radar readings show a surface trough will develop over central eastern parts of Queensland in response a "slow moving" deep upper-low over the state's west.

The surface trough is what is expected to bring the strong winds up to 90km/h and heavy rainfall.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have issued a list of safety measures for residents to prepare for the deluge and damaging winds:

* 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.

BoM will release an updated warning later this afternoon.

UPDATE 11:30am: 

DAMAGING winds and rain will intensify as a trough hanging over western and central Queensland "sharpens" today and tomorrow, according to a weather expert from the Bureau of Meteorology.

BoM meteorologist Brian James is reminding residents to keep an eye on its warnings, with the trough expected to track east towards central Queensland over the next 24 hours.

Mr James said the trough would work in tandem with a "upper-low pressure system", currently in the state's west, to bring an expected 90mm downpour and damaging winds to parts of the region.

Late this morning, Mr James said while it mightn't feel too wet or windy "on the surface" in Gladstone now, he's expecting that to change soon.

"Sometimes on the land you don't get those winds on the surface, but we certainly have some strong winds off the coast at the moment," he said.

"They should get stronger [on land] as the trough sharpens.

"It's a developing situation."

He said the trough is expected to "deepen today and tomorrow" but would weaken on Sunday.

Mr James said he's expecting some areas of the region to receive more intense rainfall than others.  

FRIDAY 7am:

LAST night could have been the calm before the storm, with rain trickling down across the Gladstone region.

Today strong winds and heavy rainfalls are expected across the Capricronia region, including Gladstone.

An upper trough will intensify over western Queensland today and remain slow moving on Saturday, bringing damaging winds and heavy rainfall for coastal regions south of Mackay, including Yeppoon and Gladstone, the Bureau of Meteorology reports.

Weather radar imaging of Gladstone and central Queensland at 7am, July 15.
Weather radar imaging of Gladstone and central Queensland at 7am, July 15.

"However there is some uncertainty about the strength and position of this feature. As a result of these features, widespread rain is expected across central and southern Queensland during the next few days," the bureau has stated.

Higgins Storm Chasing has also warned of the wild weather event, saying that winds could exceed 90km/h making large waves and damaging surf. 

"This system has always been forecast to contain widespread good rainfall with heavier pockets however the models have just turned it up a notch so there isn't much lead time available on this one" he said.

"The very strong winds are likely to develop late Friday night, peak in intensity during Saturday before easing Sunday. Heavy rain is expected to begin early Friday lasting through until late Saturday before easing on Sunday."

 

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Brian James said it was important for residents to watch for updated weather warnings.

"The warning area might become more refined, or include other cities or towns so people should keep an eye out for the latest warnings and forecasts just to see if things change," he said.
 

YESTERDAY:

THE Bureau of Meteorology has updated its severe weather warning for the weekend saying Mackay Yeppoon Gladstone, and adjacent inland areas including Rockhampton and Emerald can all expect damaging winds and heavy rainfall tomorrow. 

There is also a flood watch out for Fitzroy, Barcoo, Warrego, Maranoa and Burdekin Rivers - although on the southern fetches of the Burdekin are expected to be impacted.

 The BOM is also saying we can expect temperatures to plummet. 

EARLIER: A WEATHER warning has been issued for central Queensland, including Gladstone, for damaging wind gusts of up to 90km/h for Friday and Saturday.

In the warning the Bureau of Meteorology state that a deep upper low will develop over western Queensland during Friday and remain slow moving into Saturday.

A weather warning for 90km/h winds and heavy rainfall has been issued for the Capricorn region, including Gladstone.
A weather warning for 90km/h winds and heavy rainfall has been issued for the Capricorn region, including Gladstone.

"A surface trough will develop over central eastern parts of Queensland in response, producing strong to gale force winds and heavy rainfall.

"This trough will likely slip further southwards during Saturday before contracting offshore on Sunday.

"Damaging winds are expected to develop about coastal and island areas along the Capricorn coast on Friday afternoon and persist through Saturday.

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"These winds may extend to adjacent inland areas in the Capricornia district, particularly about higher terrain.

"Gusts to about 90 km/h are possible.

"Heavy rainfall will develop about the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, and southern Central Coast districts during Friday and persist through Saturday.

"Isolated 6 hourly falls exceeding 90mm are possible, with some potential for flash flooding in susceptible areas.

A Flood Watch has been issued for the Fitzroy, Barcoo, Warrego, Maranoa, and southern parts of the Burdekin River catchments.

Locations which may be affected include Gladstone, Emerald, Rockhampton, Clermont, Biloela, Blackwater, Yeppoon, St Lawrence and Carnarvon National Park.

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.

The next warning is due to be issued by 9:00 pm.

 


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