If you thought the humidity over the last few days in Queensland, Australia wasn’t a sign of more rain to come, then you should have taken a look at the forecast from Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). Early Sunday morning, BOM was already forecasting a deluge of rain heading towards the coast line and no let up for at least four days. Currently the areas affected include Rockhampton, Gladstone, Gympie, Bundaberg, Kingaroy, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, Sunshine Coast and hinterland, Brisbane, Ipswich, the Lockyer Valley, Toowoomba and The Cunningham Range.
BOM has a severe weather warning current for the Wide Bay Burnett, South-East Coast, Capricornia, Darling Downs and Granite Belt regions. Many areas effected by flooding were just beginning to dry out from the last deluge of rain from Cyclone Oswald which brought winds exceeding 120km an hour and water spouts that decided to take a walk along the land turning the entire South-East Coast on tornado alert. Six more of water spouts were testing out their sea legs again near Bundaberg on the Weekend.
Here’s one Aussie Lady that seems to keep an eye out on the weather and the coming rain. I recommend following Dee Smith’s Channel on YouTube.
More H2O is expected to flow down from the skies today (Tuesday 26 February) causing more floods, but the system should move north towards Gympie. Our moonlight cactus seems to agree with the rain, sprouting over eight new flower buds in the last few days, after already flowering this year during the wet month of January.
The monsoons are certainly stopping by for a chat after being gone for so many years. A few years ago, people in Brisbane were limited to 4 minute showers; major dams plummeted below 20 percent capacity with the threat of water drying up completely. With no shortage of water now, many dams are spilling over and the Councils and State Government are keeping a close a check on the levels, letting out as much water as they can to rumble down the rivers and out to sea without causing too much chaos to people’s lives. People are advised to avoid driving through any flood waters and if possible to stay off the roads.
Last night an elderly man died after his car became stuck in floodwater between Kilcoy and Woodford. Despite being dragged to safety by quick thinking motorists, rescuers at the scene were unable to resuscitate. Another woman is missing after abandoning her car to rising flood waters and a group of school children had to be rescued this morning from their school bus at Acacia Ridge (not that far from our location), when it became stuck in flooded waters.
Townships like those in the Lockyer Valley which were hit hard in the 2011 floods are urging residents to head for higher ground. With more water to be released from Wivenhoe Dam and a high tide expected tomorrow morning, it is possible the Brisbane river which flows directly through the City heart of Queensland’s state capital could peak over the minor flood level (1.7 metres) with the high tide during Tuesday morning.
Beaches along the coast are currently closed as the coast line is battered by high seas and severe erosion. Meanwhile, over on the West Coast of Australia, Tropical Cyclone, Rusty is giving the coast a great battering at Category 3.
Above is the current forecast to Friday 1 March 2013 (right) as released prior to 4am Tuesday 26 February 2013 (left). The low systems up North on Friday don’t look promising for fine weather. We recommend you check out the full four day forecast at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.