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CQ forecast for today includes more rain

Took this last night in Gracemere
Took this last night in Gracemere Sophie Seaman

Sunday 10am: MANY patches of Central Queensland are rejoicing this morning after good rainfall records over the weekend.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Rileys Crossing received 116mm in the past 24 hours - the only location in the region to get over 100mm.

However, there were a few places that recorded falls between 90-100mm.

Duckponds near Emerald recorded 91mm in the past 24 hours while Undercliff near Koumala recorded 91mm.

Koumala recorded 54mm, Carmila 57mm, The Gap 68mm, Riverslea 57mm and Red Hill 60mm in the past 24 hours.

FORECAST:

The forecast for today for Rockhampton includes a 70% chance of rain, in patches, during the morning and afternoon.

The Capricorn Coast has a higher chance of rain today with an 80%chance of showers and rain areas in the north, medium (40%) chance elsewhere.

Biloela's rain forecast is the same as the Capricorn Coast's while Emerald's forecast is a high (80%) chance of showers and patchy rain, most likely in the morning and afternoon.

Central Highlands and Coalfields area - cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers and rain areas in the north, medium (60%) chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm with possible heavy falls.

Longreach - Partly cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers, most likely during the late morning and afternoon. The chance of a gusty thunderstorm.

Barcaldine and Central West area - Cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers developing, most likely from late this morning. The chance of gusty thunderstorms, with possible heavy falls during this afternoon and evening. Winds easterly 20 to 30 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures 27 to 33.

What was posted on Who Got the Rain Facebook page this morning:

Claire Hoare - 91mm 'Spring Hill' Duaringa QLD 4712

Maree Jamieson - 31mm since Friday @ Harris Street Emerald

Sandi Ford -34ml overnight at Summerdell 17km southwest of Jericho

Eddie Shaw - 42mm at Wanditta Capella.

Tomkathleen Gleeson - Ascot Downs Barcaldine, 72mm out of 2 storms Saturday,just what the doctor ordered.

Marie Cook - Measured 14m Friday and 22 Saturday at Coovin 55km north of Clermont. Beautiful rain.

Judy Baldwin - 12 ml east of St.Lawrence last night

Matthew Mollard - 10mm Friday night followed by 75mm last night, water view's and by-washed dams, off to a great start. The Hut Marlborough

Saturday 4.10pm: RADAR images showing cloud over Rockhampton and Central Queensland show the region could be in for a lightning show tonight.

The Rockhampton Regional Council has cancelled tonight's Carols by Candlelight after the latest weather advice indicates a big storm is expected hit the Beef Capital in the next hour. But it is hoped the event will go ahead tomorrow. Read more here: CANCELLED: Update weather forecast sees Carols canned

Radar of rain clouds over Rockhampton just before 4pm.
Radar of rain clouds over Rockhampton just before 4pm. Bureau of Meteorology

The Bureau is expected to issue an update on the storms after 5pm.

3.15pm: HEAVY rainfall reports are coming in from across Central Queensland as a thunderstorm moves towards the Capricorn Coast.

In the latest thunderstorm warning advice from the Bureau of Meteorology, rainfall reports of over 100mm in one part and over 90mm in others have been included.

The BOM reports Rileys Crossing (north of Comet) has received 113mm since 9am this morning, with 94 mm falling in the 60 minutes to 12.54pm.

Duckponds (northeast of Emerald) has recieved 86mm since 9am , with 75mm falling in the 60 minutes to 1.45pm.

The update issued at 2.52pm states severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Emerald, Clermont, Blackwater and Springsure.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5:55 pm.

1.40pm: HIGGINS Storm Chasers are warning all Central Queenslanders to be aware of storms moving across the region that look to cause flash flooding.

Higgins posted on Facebook about 12.30pm A cluster of intense storms are currently active East of Emerald moving slowly towards Emerald and Sapphire. Heavy rain is likely to producing localised flash flooding.

"Storms are also active inland from Calliope, Gladstone and Rockhampton producing heavy rain and may result in localised flash flooding too,” the post read.

This information comes as the Bureau of Meteorology issued a thunderstorm warning for CQ, in particular for Emerald, Clermont, Blackwater, Comet and Capella.

BOM's warning stated Rileys Crossing (north of Comet) has received 94 mm in the 60 minutes to 12.54pm.

1.15pm: A THUNDERSTORM warning has been issued for Central Queensland.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued the warning at 12.59pm which includes damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours.

The warning states the areas likely to be affected include Emerald, Clermont, Blackwater, Comet and Capella.

In particular, a slow-moving thunderstorm located to the north of the Capricorn Highway near Comet is causing extremely high rainfall rates that is very likely leading to flash flooding in nearby areas.

Thunderstorm warning issued by Bureau of Meteorology for Central Queensland
Thunderstorm warning issued by Bureau of Meteorology for Central Queensland Bureau of Meteorology

Rileys Crossing (north of Comet) has received 94 mm in the 60 minutes to 12.54pm.

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 4:00 pm.

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.

6mm over night Cawarral
6mm over night Cawarral Christina Patterson

What rain The Bulletin readers got at their place last night:

  • Shelley Cawthray - 8.5ml at The Range, Rockhampton
  • Peter Oram - 7mls in Norman Gardens over night Friday
  • Bruce Shanks - We got 18 mls last night at Etna Creek.
  • Allyson Moffitt - 7.5 mls Sandringham
  • Debra Callaghan - 4mls
  • Jessikah Baker - Not much rain in Kawana
  • Christina Patterson - 6mm over night Cawarral
  • Karleigh Robertson - 15ml gracemere
  • Kylie Marsden - 5ml at Bondoola
  • Sandy Graham - Over 30ml so far today in Bouldy. Yay, full tanks and lawn for Xmas
  • Chantal Booth - 48mm and still falling...or is that rising? LOVELY. At Alton Downs.

11am: IT WAS like hearing the sweet sound of a baby sleeping - the sound of rain on the roof across Rockhampton last night.

Residents have posted their overnight rainfall records on Facebook on Who Got the Rain? this morning.

Neil Farmer on the Lake Learmonth property, 45km north of Rockhampton said he got 45mm.

Aniek Janssen who is on the property Rainbow owned by John Mcloughlin, 30km south of Rolleston received 27mm, enough to play in puddles.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Rockhampton recorded 7.2mm up until 9am this morning while Yeppoon recieved 7.4mm.

And the forecast indicates the region is in for more rain this weekend.

The forecast for Rockhampton today is a maximum temperature and a very high (90%) chance of showers and rain periods, becoming less likely this evening.

It also includes the chance of a thunderstorm with possible heavy falls.

Light winds becoming southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon.

Tomorrow's forecast is for a maximum of 27 with a medium (60%) chance of showers or patchy rain, most likely in the morning and afternoon.

The chance of a thunderstorm in tomorrow morning and afternoon. Winds southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light early in the morning then becoming east to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h in the morning.

What Central Queenslanders recorded overnight:

Yana N Clinton recorded 35mls out of two storms at Alton Downs.

Jenny Hinchliffe recorded 12ml at Milman.

"Lovely drop to settle all the smoke that has been around,” she said.

Julie Gordon said she was finally able to report 20.5 ml Windarra 4702.

Marcia Miller -7mm in 2 storms at 'Daydawn', Midgee...south of Rockhampton .. Maybe our turn today as very muggy.

Gordon Sue Rickertt - 25mm @ Curra, Clermont

Barbara Bowman - A much appreciated 26ml at Lorna Vale Marlborough. Great after 65 ml two weeks ago but the green was fading fast with this weeks heat 39deg here before yesterday arv storm .

Remy Streeter- 13ml at Mt Slopeaway Marlborough 100km north of Rockhampton.

Carry Lee - It was only 7mm but lovely to hear the rain last night at Tungamull halfway between Rockhampton and Emu Park Qld.

Christine Roberts - 16mm Araluen, South Yaamba, NW R'ton

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