Yen-Yen To has no intention of getting wet and has a “rainbow umbrella” that will ensure she stays dry.
Yen-Yen To has no intention of getting wet and has a “rainbow umbrella” that will ensure she stays dry. Renee Pilcher

Pack the umbrella

WITH more rain predicted across Queensland and northern New South Wales this week, the Weather Channel has warned of possible flooding in coastal and inland regions.

In Gympie, according to http://www.weatherzone.com.au, showers are expected today, heavy showers tomorrow, a possible shower on Thursday and heavy rain Friday, with rain Saturday and Sunday.

Senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel Tom Saunders said in many areas this week's rain would be the heaviest since last summer.

"For south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales the totals should exceed 200mm, prompting a flood alert for the Bellinger, Macleay and Hastings river valleys. Many areas of western Queensland will also see over 100mm of rain," he said.

"The drenching will result from a persistent easterly airstream off the Tasman and Coral seas. "Rain is already falling over northern New South Wales with Kempsey and Taree picking up 30mm since Sunday morning. Further north a thunderstorm soaked Townsville with 51mm in just two hours this morning.

"Hughenden was hammered by a fierce storm on Sunday night, recording a phenomenal 34mm of rain in just 10 minutes and a wind gust of 170kmh, equivalent to winds near the eye of a Category 3 Tropical Cyclone."

Winds that strength were extremely rare for any inland region on Earth, Saunders said.

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