UPDATE 3.45pm: RAINFALL records for July have been broken thanks to the latest downpour in the Capricornia region.
A Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said there had been widespread rainfall in the area with Byfield, Yeppoon and Gladstone recording the highest rainfall for this month.

Byfield received 475mm over 48 hours which breaks the record for July rainfall for the area.

Yeppoon also broke a rainfall record with a total of 359mm over 48hrs, this beats the previous wettest month on record which came in at 123.4mm

Despite neighbouring areas receiving record breaking rainfall, Rockhampton didn't quite make the cut with 137mm falling in a 24hr period, compared to the old record of 184mm for the month.

The Bureau spokesperson said quite a few places in Central Queensland received upwards of 100mm during the rain period but things would start to ease off this week.

"It's pretty much all gone now but we still have a few showers around and the rest of the week is looking good," he said.

"There is a slight chance of a shower today, continuing on Tuesday and Wednesday but it will be much less."

Temperatures for the region are expected to reach 26 degrees towards mid-week with overnight temps expected to be a bit cooler towards the inland areas with places such as Rockhampton and Biloela dropping to between 14 and 15 degrees.
 

6.30am: Rain areas will persist about the soggy Capricornia region through much of today with strong and gusty east to southeasterly winds.

The Bureau of Met said an upper level low over the central interior of Queensland would move slowly to the northwest through today and remain slow-moving over northwestern Queensland on Monday and Tuesday.

Yeppoon (see picture of Charles st below) has recorded 250mm of rain since 9am Saturday, Rockhampton 136mm, Gladstone 136mm.

Wind gusts have dropped to around 30kmh in Rockhampton and 40kmh in Yeppoon.

Charles St Yeppoon has significant flooding Photo: Contributed
Charles St Yeppoon has significant flooding Photo: Contributed

Since then rainfall totals in the area have generally been less than 5 mm. No further significant rainfall for that catchment is forecast over the next few days.

Minor flood levels have peaked on the Connors River at Mt Bridget with a peak expected at Cardowan by midnight.

River levels have peaked in the upper Isaac River with the flood peak now downstream of Deverill. River level rises are expected to being overnight Saturday at Pink Lagoon and Yatton

At Yatton, river level rises above the minor flood level (7.5 metres) are forecast late on Sunday, with rises above the moderate flood level (9.5 metres) likely during Monday.

There are no flood warnings for the Fitzroy River.

See this link for latest on road closures for the region. http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/update-road-closures-and-conditions-cq/3062902/

UPDATE 5.30pm: PLEASE be advised that the Bruce Highway at Marlborough is now open to all vehicles.

UPDATE 4pm: YEPPOON has reportedly broken some wet records this weekend.

Higgins Storm Chasing is reporting that the coastal town has broken not just one record, but two.

Posting on their Facebook page today, the site says Yeppoon broke the daily July record of 52.2mm with 106.6mm on Friday, it was broken again today with 108.4mm since 9am.

The rainfall total should also allow Yeppoon to pass their previous record for the month of July.

UPDATE 3pm: THE Bureau of Meteorology Queensland Regional Office has cancelled the severe weather warning for Capricornia.

The immediate threat of heavy rainfall and damaging wind gusts has passed, however steady rainfall is expected to continue in the Capricornia district today.

So far around 140mm has fallen since 9am Friday in Rockhampton, while Yeppoon has reported more than 210mm in the same period.

UPDATE 2pm: BELOW is a list of the following road conditions in Fitzroy District:

Closed

  • Capricorn Highway, 5km east of Emerald at Winton Creek
  • Gregory Highway, 5km north of Capella at Abor Creek
  • Dawson Developmental Road (Springsure-Tambo) at Claude River approximately 145km west of Springsure
  • Bruce Highway, 10km south of Marlborough
  • Gregory Highway (Emerald-Capella) at various locations
  • Marlborough-Sarina Road
  • Selma Road at St Helens Creek
  • Duaringa-Apis Creek Road
  • Retro Corry Road
  • Cotherstone Road

Open with Caution

  • Capricorn Highway (Emerald-Alpha) at The Willows.
  • Fitzroy Developmental Road (Dingo-Middlemount) approximately 3km north of Dingo due to water over road.
  • Bruce Highway (Rockhampton-Miriam Vale) - various sections of pavement damage. Signage and reduced speed in place.
  • Bruce Highway between Yaamba and Princhester north of Rockhampton due to water over road.

4WD vehicles only

  • Fitzroy Developmental Road - south of Bauhinia (Central Highlands area) - unsealed section
  • Fitzroy Developmental Road between Bauhinia and Woorabinda - unsealed section

 

UPDATE 11.40am: THE Albert Street boom gates are currently experiencing technical issues.

The gates are permanently down, with services unable to open them.

As a result, traffic is backed up down the road.

Jeffries St in Yeppoon is also closed.

There is water over the Rocky Emu Park Road - particularly at the Tanby intersection.

A man hole lid has been raised due to heavy rain on Barry Street - traffic cones are in place, proceed with caution.

UPDATE 11.30am: THE following roads are closed, open with caution, and open only to 4WD vehicles.

Closed

  • Bruce Highway, 10km south of Marlborough
  • Gregory Highway (Emerald-Capella) at various locations
  • Capricorn Highway (Emerald-Alpha) at The Willows
  • Marlborough-Sarina Road
  • Selma Road at St Helens Creek
  • Duaringa-Apis Creek Road
  • Retro Corry Road
  • Cotherstone Road

Open with Caution

  • Capricorn Highway, 5km east of Emerald at Black Gully - open under escort with single lane traffic control in place.
  • Bruce Highway between Yaamba and Princhester north of Rockhampton due to water over road.

4WD vehicles only

  • Fitzroy Developmental Road - south of Bauhinia (Central Highlands area) - unsealed section
  • Fitzroy Developmental Road between Bauhinia and Woorabinda - unsealed section

Various sections of the road network are subject to flash flooding. Motorists are urged not to drive in floodwaters.

UPDATE 9.45am: ROCKHAMPTON Region residents are being urged to stay safe as heavy rains and strong winds hit the region.

The Bureau of Meteorology says heavy rainfall is expected to persist during the day, with some potential for flash flooding in susceptible areas.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said Council crews were out and about checking the road network.

Cr Strelow said there were no reported road closures.

She urged people to be cautious and if it was flooded, to forget it and not drive, walk or ride through flood waters.

UPDATE: 6.30am: A severe weather warning is current for the Capricornia area this morning as heavy rain and strong wind hit the region.

Damaging winds are expected to develop about the Capricorn coast and islands early Saturday morning and persist during the day.

These winds may extend to adjacent inland areas in the Capricornia district, particularly about higher terrain. Gusts to about 90 km/h are possible.

Rockhampton recorded wind gusts of 59kmh at 7am and Yeppoon 72kmh at 6.10am.

St Lawrence has recorded 167mm of rain since 9am Friday, Yeppoon 76mm, Rockhampton 65mm, Blackwater 95mm, Clermont 120mm and Emerald 108mm.

 

This satellite image shows the system moving across CQ
This satellite image shows the system moving across CQ

The Bureau of Meteorology said severe weather was no longer occurring in the Central Highlands and Coalfields district and the warning for this district is cancelled.

 

The Capricorn Hwy is still closed east of Emerald.

Heavy rainfall is likely to develop over parts of southern central districts Saturday morning and persist during the day. Damaging wind gusts are likely to develop about the Capricorn coast and adjacent inland Saturday morning and continue throughout Saturday. 

Synoptic situation:
A deep upper low over western Queensland will remain slow moving during Saturday. A surface trough is located near Mackay and will slip further southwards during Saturday before weakening during Sunday.

Heavy rainfall is expected to develop about the Capricornia and southern Central Coast districts later this morning and persist during the day. 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, Rockhampton, Yeppoon and St Lawrence.

 

The following road conditions  were current in Fitzroy District as at 7:30am this morning.

 

Closed

·         Capricorn Highway, 5km east of Emerald at Black Gully

·         Retro Corry Road

·         Cotherstone Road

 

Open with Caution

  Gregory Highway (Emerald-Capella) - water over road in various locations. High clearance vehicles recommended.

Various sections of the road network are subject to flash flooding. Motorists are urged not to drive in floodwaters.

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. 

UPDATE 3am: The Capricorn Highway is closed to all vehicles 5km east of Emerald due to water over the road at Black Gully as heavy rain falls across Central Queensland.

Main Roads advised the closure at 1.50am.

At 3.30am Emerald had received 104mm of rain since 9am Friday while Clermont  has recorded 118mm, Blackwater 79mm, St Lawrence 100mm, Rockhampton 49mm, Yeppoon 46mm.

Steady rain is falling in Rockhampton with wind gusting to 43kmh while Yeppoon has recorded a maximum wind gust of 61kmh at 12.02am.

A severe weather warning remains current for people in the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia and parts of the Central Coast and Whitsundays Forecast Districts

If it's flooded forget it.

UPDATE 6.50PM: DAMAGING winds and heavy rainfall will continue tonight and across the weekend for most  of Central Queenland as a severe weather warning remains current for Capricornia, the Central Highlands and Central Coast.

Clermont appears to have received the heaviest rainfall with 59.6mm since 9am, bringing the Isaac town's total for the day up to 80mm.

Neighbouring town Moranbah has received 41.4mm since 9am, totalling 70.8mm as of 6.40pm.

The rainfall has eased up in Rockhampton, with only 8.4mm falling through the day, but heavy rain is forecast for the rest of the evening across Capricornia.

Damaging wind gusts of up to 90kmh are also possible about the coast and adjacent inland later tonight and tomorrow.

The wild weather is forecast to continue throughout tomorrow as a deep upper low moves slowly across Central Queensland from Western Queensland throughout tomorrow.

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.

In the Central Highlands, wind gusts hit their highest speeds over the last few hours.

A maximum gust of 37kmh hit Blackwater at 6pm, and 46.8mm of rain has fallen since 9am.

Further west, Emerald has received 54mm today and gusts up to 41kmh.

 

UPDATE 3.10PM: Councils across Central Queensland have issued weather warnings as the deluge continues and wind gusts pick up.

Both the Banana and Livingstone Shire Councils have urged residents to take precautions as the wild weather is predicted to continue today and over the weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology has also issued a Flood Watch for areas including the Fitzroy River catchment.

Livingstone deputy mayor Graham Scott warned with 75mm forecast to fall today, potentially doubling to 150mm tomorrow near the Capricorn Coast, there was a risk of flash flooding.

"With heavy rain there's always the risk of flash flooding, so we would ask all our residents to make sure they're prepared, ensure your gutters are clean, have an emergency kit ready and know where to access items like sandbags if needed," Cr Scott said.

With wind gusts forecast to reach 90kmh, residents are advised to secure loose items around their property.

The Parks Department have issued a possible flood warning for Water Park Creek this morning, and Cr Scott asked residents to avoid travelling in the area.

"It was only a few months ago we saw campers stranded in that area, so if you know anyone heading away for the weekend,'please share this information and remember, if it's flooded, forget it," Cr Scott said.

The Banana Shire Council have issued similar warnings and advised they are working with local emergency services to ensure it is prepared for the wet weather, and urge residents to do the same.

Banana Shire mayor and chairman of the Local Disaster Management Group Cr Nev Ferrier said the Biloela will particularly be affected by rainfall Friday and Saturday.

Sunwater have advised that if rainfall of 100-150mm was to occur within the Callide Dam catchment area small spills may occur from the local dams.  

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have also advised people should:
• Move their  car under cover 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 its flooded, forget it;
• Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.

 

 

UPDATE 2.10PM: THE severe weather warning is still current as the system continues to develop across the Central Highlands, Capricornia and parts of the Central Coast and Whitsundays districts.

Clermont has received almost 50mm of rain - 26.6mm of which has fallen since 9.30am - and experienced maximum wind gusts of 32kmh.

Other townships in the Isaac region have experienced similar weather with Moranbah experiencing 47.4mm overnight maximum gusts of 52kmh - 18mm of rain since 9.30am.

Throughout the Capricorn Coast, the weather has been more tame, but wind gusts are starting to pick up.

Rockhampton received its highest rainfall of 13mm at 9am today, and while only 4.6mm has fallen since 9.30am wind gusts are at their highest in 24 hours at 35kmh.

The weather is more tame up Yeppoon way with current gusts of 23kmh, and 4.8mm of rain since 9.30am.

Central Highlands, Coalfields and Capricornia conditions as of 2.30pm:

  • Blackwater 13.4mm with wind gusts of 32kmh
  • Emerald 16.8mm with wind gusts of 32kmh
  • Rolleston 9.6mm with wind gusts of 30kmh
  • Rockhampton 6.4mm with wind gusts of 39kmh
  • Yeppoon 5.6mm and wind gusts of 43mm

 

 

 

UPDATE 10AM: RAIN isn't the only thing plummeting down in the Central Queensland region this morning - temperatures have too. 

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, residents across the region should probably pull their jumpers, beanies and scarves out of the cupboard as daytime temperatures drop dramatically. 

The 'feels like' temperatures across the region right now are: 

  • Emerald 2.4 with se winds at 30kmh
  • Clermont 4.5 with se winds at 28kmh
  • Rockhampton 12  with SE winds at 7kmh
  • Yeppoon 12.4 with se winds at 15kmh
  • Rolleston 3.7 with southerly winds 17kmh
  • Biloela 9.5 with se winds 7kmh

 

INITIAL 6AM: RAIN soaked the Capricornia region overnight and with plenty more on the way, the Bureau of Meteorology has this morning issued a Severe Weather Warning for heavy rain and damaging winds across the region. 

Overnight, Rockhampton received 7mm of rain while St Lawrence saw falls of 26.2mm, Moranbah 27, Clermont 16  and according to BOM, heavy rainfall will develop over parts of southern central districts today and persist into the weekend. 

Wind gusts exceeding 40kmh have been recorded at Blackwater and Emerald this morning.

Rockhampton rainfall graphic.
Rockhampton rainfall graphic.

BOM has forecast a deep upper low to develop over western QLD during today and remain slow moving into Saturday. 

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.

Heavy rainfall will develop about the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, and southern Central Coast districts during today and persist through Saturday. Isolated 6 hourly falls exceeding 90mm are possible, with some potential for flash flooding in susceptible areas.
 

FLOOD WARNING

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. 

More updates to come. 

 



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