Weather ex­perts think cy­clone sea­son is over:

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page - by Natalie Wynne natalie. wynne@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au Townsville Bul­letin Wed­nes­day, March 30, 2011

WEATHER ex­perts are cau­tiously declar­ing the 2010/ 2011 North Queens­land cy­clone sea­son over.

But the Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy has is­sued a flash flood­ing warn­ing for the Townsville re­gion over the next cou­ple of days.

Townsville me­te­o­rol­o­gist Doug Fraser said heavy rain hang­ing over the Whit­sun­days would con­tinue to move north over the com­ing days.

‘‘ We’re ex­pect­ing quite a lot of rain as the sys­tem over the Whit­sun­days moves north­wards,’’ he said.

‘‘ Bowen and Proser­pine ar­eas have seen tor­ren­tial rain yes­ter­day and it’s still rain­ing heav­ily.

‘‘ That will move up, in­creas­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of flash flood­ing in the Townsville re­gion.’’

Mr Fraser said Townsville res­i­dents were likely to see mod­er­ate to heavy falls un­til Fri­day.

‘‘ Heavy rain com­ing down from north-east, we are ex­pect­ing to see fur­ther mod­er­ate to heavy falls un­til Thurs­day when it con­tracts north­wards and we’ll still see thun­der­storms and show­ers af­ter that point,’’ he said.

‘‘ The week­end should bring im­prov- ing con­di­tions but not com­pletely clear­ing. We’ll still see show­ers and pos­si­ble thun­der­storms.’’

Last night, Mr Fraser said the city was only 40mm off reach­ing record rain­fall for the month of March.

‘‘ We’re up to 649mm of rain at the mo­ment,’’ he said.

‘‘ The cur­rent record rain­fall for March was mea­sured i n 1990 at 682.2mm.

‘‘ We have to get re­main­ing rain­fall be­fore 9am to­mor­row , so I think we’re def­i­nitely go­ing to get that.’’

How­ever the me­te­o­rol­o­gist said the wet sea­son was wind­ing down for the re­gion.

‘‘ Gen­er­ally wet sea­son goes through un­til April, as far as heavy trop­i­cal rain its very un­usual to get that ex­tend­ing into April,’’ Mr Fraser said.

‘‘ Mid-April would be the end­ing of cy­clone sea­son as well as the end of mon­soonal rain­fall. It is look­ing like we may have seen our last cy­clone in this sea­son for the Queens­land coast.

‘‘ There is how­ever one to watch over the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.’’

Coun­cil emer­gency man­age­ment ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Allen Morris said Townsville City Coun­cil were urg­ing driv­ers to take it easy on our roads over the com­ing days.

‘‘ Keep lis­ten­ing to the bu­reau. The big­gest is­sue is com­mon sense,’’ Mr Morris said.

Pho­tos: JOHN AN­DER­SEN and JULIE HOUS­TON

In­set: A land­slide dam­aged homes at Hide­away Bay near Proser­pine

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