2018-12-08 by W.M.
Bureau of Meteorology – Queensland Severe Weather Warning 1
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
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Severe Weather Warning
for HEAVY RAINFALL
For people in Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Central Coast and Whitsundays and parts of North Tropical Coast and Tablelands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 10:56 pm Friday, 7 December 2018.
Heavy rainfall expected for areas between Babinda and St Lawrence Saturday night and Sunday.
At 10pm AEST Friday, ex-tropical cyclone Owen was located in the Coral Sea about 540 km east of Cooktown. Ex-tropical cyclone Owen is expected to move southwest and approach the Queensland coast over the weekend.
Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to develop in coastal and adjacent inland areas between Babinda and St Lawrence on Saturday night and continue into Sunday.
Six hourly totals in excess of 150mm are possible.
Locations which may be affected include Mackay, Proserpine, Bowen, Townsville, Palm Island, Collinsville, Hamilton Island, Ingham, Innisfail, Ayr, Cardwell and Lucinda.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 am AEST Saturday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.