Brisbane tipped to cop 60mm


Temperatures won’t be the only thing falling in Brisbane this week… with the Queensland predicted to have one of its biggest rainfalls since Cyclone Debbie. Photo: Claudia Baxter

Burleigh Heads resident Chad Calderon is ready for the wild weather. Picture: John Gass

QUEENSLAND’S May downpour has caused havoc in some parts of the state as the wet weather tracks further south today.

More than a month’s worth of rain was dumped on the Whitsunday region in the past 24 hours with the weather bureau expecting more today.

Bowen received 114mm of rain in just eight hours yesterday while Alva Beach, south of Townsville, was soaked with 156mm in the same period.

The wet weather caused several accidents around Mackay yesterday, including a crash that hospitalised a young girl and left a truck driver with serious head injuries.

The weather system driving the flooding rains is expected to move further south today, with the southeast coast next in the firing line.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast up to 60mm could fall on parts of Brisbane today and 80mm on the Gold Coast.

Bureau forecaster Julian De Morton said the rain should ease by early Saturday morning and racegoers heading to Doomben for the second day of the May Winter Carnival could expect a relatively dry afternoon.

“By 10am, there may be a chance of a shower, but it should be a fairly dry day by then,’’ he said.


Originally published as Brisbane tipped to cop 60mm

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