Originally posted by tarifa37
Unbelievable, and you will struggle to find much on this in the British press ( i know I just looked on bbc and sky news). Should be front page news.
this event has really been unfolding now for the last 2 weeks. they have just issued a new warning for massive storms and rain heading towards
brisbane in the next hour. here is the link to the radar if you wish to check it out.
here is the latest warning issued;
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Transmitters in the areas of the Southeast Coast District and the Darling Downs
and Granite Belt District southeast of Dalby to Goondiwindi are REQUESTED TO USE
THE STANDARD EMERGENCY WARNING SIGNAL BEFORE BROADCASTING.
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for heavy rainfall leading to localised flash flooding and worsening the
existing river flood situation
For people in the Southeast Coast District and the Darling Downs and Granite
Belt District southeast of Dalby to Goondiwindi.
Issued at 8:00 am on Tuesday 11 January 2011
Synoptic Situation: At 8am AEST, an upper level low was located over the Darling
Downs and Granite Belt district and is forecast to move to the southwest and
Heavy rain areas and thunderstorms are expected to continue through the
Southeast Coast and Darling Downs and Granite Belt today. Heavy falls will lead
to localised flash flooding and will worsen existing river flooding.
Currently, an intense slow moving band of rainfall extends from about
Maroochydore to Warwick. Rainfall rates in this band are reaching 80 to 100 mm
Flood warnings are current for various rivers and streams in these districts.
Please refer to these products [www.bom.gov.au/qld] for further information.
The Severe Weather Warning for the southern parts of Wide Bay and Burnett and
eastern Maranoa and Warrego and northwestern parts of Darling Downs and Granite
Belt districts has been cancelled. However showers and thunderstorms will
persist through the area and may produce heavy rainfall in these parts.
The State Emergency Service advises that people in the affected area should:
· avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters
· take care on the roads, especially in heavy downpours
· avoid swimming in swollen rivers and creeks
Contact the SES on 132 500 for emergency assistance if required.
The next warning is due to be issued by 11am Tuesday.
This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and State Emergency
Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.