Flood warning for Gulf as low tipped to stay
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.