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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland

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Severe Weather Warning

for HEAVY RAINFALL

For people in parts of Herbert and Lower Burdekin and Central Coast and Whitsundays Forecast Districts.

Issued at 1:57 pm Wednesday, 18 October 2017.

Heavy rainfall is possible in coastal areas between Ayr and Mackay during the next 24 hours, most likely overnight tonight.

Weather Situation:
An upper low lies over northern Queensland, which will slowly weaken during the next 24 hours. A surface trough lies along the Central and Capricornia coasts.

Areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms, which may lead to flash flooding, are possible over coastal areas between Ayr and Mackay, chiefly overnight tonight. 6 hourly rainfall totals of 120mm to 180mm are possible, with isolated 6 hourly totals over 200mm.

Locations which may be affected include Mackay, Proserpine, Hamilton Island, Bowen, and Ayr.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Capricornia and Wide Bay and Burnett districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

Rainfall rates have eased between Gladstone and Bundaberg, and the severe weather warning for that area is CANCELLED. However, dangerous river flooding is still occurring in the area, with flood warnings current. Refer to those products for further details.

A separate Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for thunderstorms currently occurring between Cairns and Townsville; refer to that product for further details.

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 pm AEST Wednesday.

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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