Judith and Myrtle Singho were well prepared for an outing in yesterday’s bad weather.
Judith and Myrtle Singho were well prepared for an outing in yesterday’s bad weather. Scottie Simmonds

More wind and rain on the way

MORE rain and gale-force winds are expected to lash the area today after a wet and wild weekend for the Bundaberg region.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Brett Harrison said yesterday's showers were expected to increase to rain today.

He said the wet conditions were expected to start to ease tomorrow.

Mr Harrison said the Bundaberg region would be spared the wild weather that had lashed Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast over the past few days.

“While the rest of the state has been very wet, Bundaberg hasn't had too much rain — only 8.2mm not counting (yesterday),” he said.

“Obviously over the next 24 hours we will see that increasing.”

Mr Harrison said the wild weather was due to a very large high pressure system in the Tasman Sea that was helping gale-force winds develop.

At the same time, a surface trough was focusing rain and showers on south-east Queensland.

Mr Harrison said there was a gale-force wind warning out for areas south of St Lawrence.

He said the strong winds off the Bundaberg region coast would strengthen to gale force today, and then lessen tomorrow.

But while some people were welcoming the rain yesterday, farmers in the region with tree crops could be looking at a disaster.

Gin Gin mango farmer Col Jeacocke said he was looking at the second season in a row of poor returns on his crop.

“This has hit us right in the flowering time, and I reckon everyone with tree crops would be suffering,” he said.

“We had a very poor flowering to start with.”

Mr Jeacocke said the continual wet weather meant the mango flowers could not be pollinated and form fruit.

The weather was also encouraging the onslaught of disease in his trees.

“I've never seen it this bad before,” he said.

“It doesn't matter what chemicals I use, I'm not controlling it.”

Mr Jeacocke said he estimated he would lose 70% to 80% of his crop because of the wet weather, a loss he calculated would cost him about $300,000.

“It's not just me who will lose money, it's the whole community,” he said.

“It will affect pickers, the transport companies, even the people who make the cartons.”

Mr Jeacocke said last season he grew a crop entirely on irrigation, then just as he was about to start picking it started to rain and he lost most of his crop because it could not be picked.



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