Weather experts think cyclone season is over:
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.
Inset: A landslide damaged homes at Hideaway Bay near Proserpine