Weather Warnings - Severe Weather Warning

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland

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Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS and HEAVY RAINFALL

For people in parts of North Tropical Coast and Tablelands and Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:58 am Monday, 10 December 2018.

Heavy rainfall between Port Douglas and Ingham continuing on Monday. Damaging winds possible about the ranges.

Weather Situation:
At 5am AEST Monday, ex-tropical cyclone Owen was moving westwards across the North Tropical Coast district. The system should continue to move westwards over the northern interior of Queensland during the remainder of today.

Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected in coastal and adjacent inland areas between Port Douglas and Ingham. Heavy rain may persist until Monday evening, depending on the movement of ex-tropical cyclone Owen.

Six hourly totals in excess of 150mm are possible.

Damaging winds, with peak gusts in excess of 90km/h, are possible, chiefly about elevated areas in the Great Dividing Range. Winds should gradually ease through Monday as the system moves westwards.

Currently, the heaviest rainfall is in the Gordonvale area (south of Cairns) and the Cardwell area.

Locations which may be affected include Julatten, Cairns, Yarrabah, Mareeba, Atherton, Innisfail, Ravenshoe, Mount Garnet, Tully and Cardwell.

Cardwell has had 93 mm in the hour to 5am.

Flaggy Creek (northwest of Kuranda) has received 191 mm in the 6 hours to 5am.

Cardwell has received 184 mm in the 6 hours to 5am.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* 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 11:00 am AEST Monday.

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.

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