Flood fears: BOM issue 'major' warning to Coast
AN INITIAL flood watch warning has been issued for coastal catchments between Gladstone and the NSW border, by the Bureau of Meteorology.
The warning also includes adjacent inland areas.
River level rises above the minor flood level are possible across the flood watch area during the weekend and into next week.
A #Flood Watch has been issued for coastal catchments and adjacent inland areas between Gladstone and the NSW border in preparation for possible heavy falls ☔️💦associated with #CycloneOma. See Warnings for further information and updates: https://t.co/hgJZ265XKO pic.twitter.com/kI2iqv444N— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) February 20, 2019
BOM say there is a risk of moderate to major flooding, dependent on Tropical Cyclone Oma's movements.
Tropical Cyclone Oma is expected to continue its track towards the southern Queensland coast in the coming days, which may produce heavy rainfall over the weekend and early next week.
The specific area and duration of this heavy rainfall is dependent on the track of Tropical Cyclone Oma.
Catchments across southern Queensland remain quite dry after a delayed start to the wet season. However areas where intense rainfall is recorded will likely respond quickly.
Based on the current forecast track, minor flooding is possible in coastal catchments south of Bundaberg from early in the weekend.
Heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flooding.
Catchments likely to be affected include:
- Calliope River
- Boyne River
- Baffle Creek
- Kolan River
- Burnett River
- Burrum and Cherwell Rivers
- Mary River
- Noosa River
- Sunshine Coast Rivers and Creeks
- Pine and Caboolture Rivers
- Upper Brisbane River
- Lower Brisbane River
- Logan and Albert Rivers
- Gold Coast Rivers and Creeks
- Condamine Rivers
- Macintyre River
- Weir River
- Moonie River
Oma's facts as things stand, according to BOM
Intensity: Category 2, sustained winds near the centre of 95 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 130 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 35 kilometres of 22.6 degrees South 160.0 degrees East, estimated to be 890 kilometres northeast of Brisbane and 820 kilometres east northeast of Bundaberg.
Movement: southwest at 11 kilometres per hour.