Flood warn­ing for Gulf as low tipped to stay

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

THE Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy is warn­ing of flash flood­ing across Queens­land’s Gulf of Car­pen­taria af­ter a mas­sive del­uge pro­duced up to half a me­tre of rain in 24 hours.

The high­est falls have been at Morn­ing­ton Is­land, off the Gulf coast, where more than 477mm of rain fell in the 24 hours to 9am, break­ing a 90-year-old rain­fall record for the site.

Sweers I sland recorded 251mm dur­ing t he s ame pe­riod while Bur­ke­town Post Of­fice recorded 165mm.

The bu­reau has is­sued a se­vere weather warn­ing for the re­gion for flash flood­ing, strong winds and higher than usual tides.

Fore­caster Ben Suter said the low pres­sure sys­tem that was c a u s i n g t h e s e v e r e weather was ex­pected to re­main in place un­til the end of the week.

‘‘ That ( low) is go­ing to be very slow mov­ing and we are ex­pect­ing some very heavy falls to keep com­ing,’’ he said.

Tully and Ing­ham have both suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant flood­ing, with the Bruce High­way in­un­dated be­tween Ing­ham and Card­well.

A gen­eral flood warn­ing has been i ssued f or t he Her­bert, Mur­ray and Tully rivers, how­ever, the bu­reau said floods were eas­ing in those lo­ca­tions.

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