Weather Warnings - Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning
for HEAVY RAINFALL and DAMAGING WINDS

For people in parts of North Tropical Coast and Tablelands and Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast Districts.

Issued at 3:54 am Sunday, 16 December 2018.

Extreme rainfall recorded east of Ingham; rain continuing in the area. Damaging winds also recorded.

Weather Situation:
Ex-tropical cyclone Owen moving off the North Tropical Coast, producing severe thunderstorms in the area.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Townsville, Palm Island, Ingham, Rollingstone and Lucinda.

Halifax, east of Ingham, has recorded 314mm of rainfall during the past 6 hours, and 578mm since 9am Saturday.

100 km/h wind gust recorded at Lucinda at 3:30am.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.


The next warning is due to be issued by 6:55 am.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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Severe weather to continue this weekend

14:55 AEDT Flooding rain, damaging winds and severe thunderstorms will continue to affect parts of eastern and southeastern Australia this weekend.

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