All eyes on Mary af­ter M’boro bat­tered by rain

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - WILD WEATHER - MATTHEW MCINERNEY Matthew.McInerney@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au Photo: Robyne Cuerel

THREE Fraser Coast rivers are on flood watch af­ter Mary­bor­ough was ham­mered by its heav­i­est downpour in 232 days.

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy recorded 58.2mm in the 24 hours from Thurs­day 9am, the Her­itage City’s big­gest sin­gle­day drench­ing since 137.4mm was recorded on Fe­bru­ary 22.

Her­vey Bay re­ceived only 15.2mm in the same pe­riod as the in­tense storm skirted the coastal city en route to the Sandy Strait.

Yes­ter­day’s re­lent­less rain and fore­cast totals of up to 100mm to­day spurred the BOM to put ev­ery coastal river be­tween Glad­stone and the Sunshine Coast on flood watch.

All eyes will be on the Mary, Bur­rum and Cher­well rivers, but while mi­nor flood lev­els are pos­si­ble, the BOM ex­pects rain­fall totals and river heights across Wide Bay to be lower than the event in Oc­to­ber last year.

CLOS­ING IN: Omi­nous clouds roll in across 3 Mile Rd, Ti­nana

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