Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 4:56 am Tuesday, 10 May 2022.

Heavy rainfall about central Queensland, and developing about the northeast coast on Wednesday.

Weather Situation: An unseasonably moist northeasterly flow extending across northern Queensland is combining with a strengthening upper trough over central Australia. As a result, widespread heavy rainfall is expected to develop across central and northwestern parts of the state this morning. Heavy rainfall is expected to shift east on Wednesday, and to develop along the northeast coast.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is forecast for the Central West and parts of the North West, Gulf Country, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Channel Country and Central Highlands and Coalfields districts. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 60 - 100mm are likely.

Locally INTENSE RAINFALL with embedded thunderstorms which may lead to DANGEROUS AND LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODING is also possible for the Central West and parts of the North West districts, with six-hourly rainfall totals up to 150mm possible.

From Wednesday, HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is forecast to develop in parts of the North Tropical Coast, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, and Central Coast districts. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 100 - 150mm are likely.

Locally INTENSE RAINFALL with embedded thunderstorms which may lead to DANGEROUS AND LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODING is also possible on Wednesday in parts of the North Tropical Coast and Herbert and Lower Burdekin district, with six-hourly totals in excess of 200mm possible.

A separate Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued if very dangerous thunderstorms with intense rainfall are detected from Tuesday.

Flood Warnings and a Flood Watch are current for catchments across much of tropical and inland Queensland. See http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/ for more information.

Locations which may be affected include Longreach, Clermont, Winton, Charters Towers, Townsville, Georgetown, Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek, Collinsville, Ingham and Innisfail.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Channel Country district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

Kirby received 72mm in the 3 hours to 11.45pm.

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.