Rain deluge hits Central Queensland

Rain breaks October records in parts of the state


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Some places have seen more than 500mm in 48 hours.

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Wednesday October 18 rain forecast.

Wednesday October 18 rain forecast.

Parts of Queensland have seen record-breaking rainfall for the month of October in recent days. 

Coastal areas between Rockhampton and Bundaberg, and inland parts, have been under a deluge of rain since Sunday afternoon. 

The heaviest falls during the 24 hours to 9am today occurred near the coast and adjacent inland between Bundaberg and Rockhampton, where most rain gauges received 100-200 millimeters of rain.

One gauge in the Bulburin National Park area collected 479mm during the past 24 hours and has seen an impressive 621mm during the past two days.

Bundaberg Airport received 110mm during the 24 hours to 9am today, bringing their running monthly total to 519mm.

This is more than seven times Bundaberg's monthly average for this time of year, and doubles their previous October rainfall record of 245mm from 1943.

Janelle Brooks, Rockyview, Bororen said they had received just over 400mm since Sunday afternoon.

“And it’s still coming down,” she said.

“We have had such volume of water that the water has taken fences out that have always withheld previous flooding.”

Weatherwatch meteorologist Anthony Cornelius said some areas north of Bundaberg would continue to see falls of up to 50-60mm today. 

“The good news of course is that the general trend for that area is that rainfall is gradually decreasing, so we're not seeing those dramatic high-intensity rainfall rates that we saw yesterday, and the night before,” he said.

A flood watch was in place on Wednesday morning for coastal catchments between Bowen and Hervey Bay in response to the recent rainfall.

A number of flood and severe weather warnings were also in effect across a large part of eastern Queensland.

Drivers are urged to take care on the roads. 

A full list of road closures can be found at https://qldtraffic.qld.gov.au/ or phone 13 19 40.

And remember, if it’s flooded, forget it!

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