‘Huge’ amount of rain on the way after 550mm in a day
HEAVY rainfall will continue to batter Queensland with parts of the state expecting three months worth of rain by the end of March.
A flood emergency is unfolding in Queensland's Central Highlands with some people losing everything.
Flood warnings, severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall continued across large parts of the state's south overnight, as residents from the rural town of Sapphire were evacuated from the rooves of homes and cars before dawn yesterday.
Flash flooding caused Retreat Creek to rise over 9m in a matter of hours impacting many low-lying properties in the town.
More heavy rainfall and flash flooding was predicted for the coastline of Capricornia overnight with predictions of 100-200mm intense rainfall within several hours, with locally intense falls in excess of 200mm possible.
Locations likely to be affected include Gladstone, Yeppoon Calliope, and Byfield.
Byfield received an unbelievable 550mm of rain yesterday, smashing the previous wettest 24hr record from 1983 by almost 70mm, and more than doubling the March average.
Flood warnings are still issued for the Maranoa, Balonne, Upper Warrego, Bulloo, and Parroo rivers.
While the system causing the non-stop rainfall across southern Queensland is ongoing, an even greater band is approaching the southeast from the west due for this time next week.
Further south, some locations could see three times' March's rainfall descend in just a few days.
It's almost certain that most parts of the NSW coast and into southern Queensland will at least surpass their average monthly rain in the coming week.
Climate modelling predicts above average rainfall is likely for the next four weeks.
Sky News meteorologist Tom Saunders said the second bout was starting to move across the state's interior.
"Huge amounts of rain could fall over the next eight days," he said.
Wivenhoe Dam, one of southeast's largest water storage units and the main supply of water for Brisbane and Ipswich, received just 39.2mm in the past week, bringing the dam's capacity to 36.1 per cent.
The high probability of rain is set to continue on the 7-day forecast, but rainfall totals in excess of 10-20mm are unlikely.
Queensland farmers and graziers who missed out on predicted rain from this year's La Niña event are rejoicing after the widespread rainfall overnight.
Free range farmer Dean Mayne, 44, from Kilkivan, west of Gympie, said it had been a long time between drinks.
"After missing out on the recent falls it has been incredible to see such heavy continuous rain hit the region," he said.
"This will help our farm massively, we have pigs, chickens, and sheep on the property that will benefit from having some life about the place and some very green grass.
"We were a bit concerned after the falls missed us but now we are looking pretty coming into winter, the water tanks are full, the underground is filling up and this should set-us up well."
Originally published as 'Huge' amount of rain on the way after 550mm in a day