Major highways are cut off when parts of Queensland are hit with a wild 250 mm explosion of rainfall
Furious floods cut off the major highways in Queensland while a powerful rain bomb drenches the state – and the wild weather is on its way to Sydney
- Intense rainfall saturated much of southwestern Queensland on Saturday
- The Maranao River swelled to 10 meters – five times its normal height – during the flood
- Emergency services have carried out a precarious rescue of a swept trailer
- Comes as unstable weather front threatens thunderstorms in Sydney this week
A truck driver has been rescued from furious flooding and major highways and cities cut off like heavy rain on Saturday in southwestern Queensland.
The most intense period of the downpour on Saturday evening led to 193 mm of rain in the neighborhood of Roma in the six hours to 22 hours – to 246 mm on Sunday morning.
The Maranao River also swelled up to 10 meters – five times its normal height – when the Bureau of Meteorology warned a severe thunderstorm of large parts of the region.
The rising Balonne River is depicted in southwestern Queensland, while intense rainfall on Saturday swelled the river systems in the region up to five times
The fierce weather system (shown in the middle) is expected to decrease the entire Sunday if it goes to the southeast
Emergency services were called to Charleville on Saturday night at 10.15 am after a trailer had been swept into flood water – with the hectic mission to save the driver not being completed until 12.15 pm the following morning.
The ferocious weather system, which is expected to illuminate the BoM all Sunday while moving to the southeast, stretches several hundred kilometers between Longreach in the center of the state and Saint George west of Brisbane.
The vital Warrego Highway was closed off during the flood and the city of Mitchell flooded with local flooding.
In Sydney, predictors predict that a low-pressure system could bring wet weather to the city on Wednesday as it moves along the south coast.
“Depending on the timing of that front, which often involves a lot of instability and thunderstorms, we could see thunderstorms trigger,” BoM predictor Helen Kirkup told Daily Mail Australia.
“At this stage we looked broadly at a 50 percent chance of showers in Sydney – we’ll have to say how the front lines are. At the moment it is good west of Australia. “
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a serious warning for wind and rainfall for large parts of the region
Melbourne also saw showers arise early in the week. The chance of showers in the Victorian capital varies from 50 to 60 percent between Monday and Wednesday.
Meanwhile, residents along the Queensland-Northern Territory border are closing their shutters while a slowly moving tropical low is in danger of developing into Cyclone Esther in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The tropical low point in the center of the Gulf is expected to strengthen to Category 1 system on Sunday afternoon, the Bureau of Meteorology says.
Predictors predict that a low-pressure system could also bring wet weather to Sydney on Wednesday
Predictors who follow the system expect Esther to build into a category 2 system before crossing the coastline on the NT side of the border around noon on Monday.
The region can receive up to 200 mm of rain on Sunday, rising to 250 mm if the system lands Monday, meteorologist Shane Kennedy said.
“It will weaken after crossing the coast, but we expect significant rainfall,” Kennedy said.
There are flood warnings for basins of the Gulf of Carpentaria with more than 400 mm of rain falling within 48 hours.
Abnormally high tides are expected to flood the coast with large waves that cause small floods.
THE WEATHER IN YOUR CITY
SUNDAY: Min 20. Max 26. Possible shower.
MONDAY: Min 18. Max 27. Partly cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 19. Max 28. Sunny.
WEDNESDAY: Min 21. Max 32. Possible shower or storm.
THURSDAY: Min 29. Max 25. Possible shower.
SUNDAY: Min 22. Max 27 Shower or two.
MONDAY: Min 21. Max 27. Showers.
TUESDAY: Min 21. Max 29. Shower or two.
WEDNESDAY: Min 22. Max 31. Shower or two.
THURSDAY: Min 23. Max 30. Shower or two. Possible storm.
SUNDAY: Min 16. Max 32. Sunny.
MONDAY: Min 19. Max 30. Partly cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 18. Max 29. Mostly sunny.
WEDNESDAY: Min 16. Max 23. Cloudy.
THURSDAY: Min 12. Max 23. Mostly sunny.
SUNDAY: Min 21. Max 33. Possible shower or storm.
MONDAY: Min 22. Max 35. Shower or two. Possible storm.
TUESDAY: Min 22. Max 35. Partly cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 22. Max 34. Partly cloudy.
THURSDAY: Min 23. Max 35. Partly cloudy.
SUNDAY: Min 13. Max 31. Mostly sunny.
MONDAY: Min 16. Max 26. Possible afternoon shower.
TUESDAY: Min 17. Max 28. Shower or two.
WEDNESDAY: Min 14. Max 19. Showering or two holds.
THURSDAY: Min 12. Max 21. Mostly sunny.
SUNDAY: Min 14. Max 29. Partly cloudy.
MONDAY: Min 13. Max 31. Mostly sunny.
TUESDAY: Min 15. Max 31. Partly cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 17. Max 30. Possible shower or storm.
THURSDAY: Min 12. Max 29. Partly cloudy
SUNDAY: Min 28. Max 33. Possible shower or storm.
MONDAY: Min 29. Max 33. Possible rain or storm.
TUESDAY: Min 28. Max 34. Shower or two. Possible storm.
WEDNESDAY: Min 29. Max 33. Showers. Possible storm.
THURSDAY: Min 27. Max. Showers. Possible storm.
SUNDAY: Min 12. Max 25. Mostly sunny.
MONDAY: Min 14. Max 23. Partly Cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 13. Max 27. Mostly sunny.
WEDNESDAY: Min. 12. Max. 18. Morning shower or two.
THURSDAY: Min 11. Max 19. Cloudy.
Source: Bureau of Meteorology