posted on Feb, 23 2013 @ 02:16 AM
By now, many of SE Queensland's residents have become used to the rains and flooding that has accompanied this summer. It began with nice, almost
southern sunny days, and seemed to be a return to the previous El Nino years, with a minimum of rainfall.
Then ex-TC Oswald came to visit, on the Australia Day long weekend no less. Some areas received up to 300mm in the space of the weekend, which caused
devastating floods in areas such as Bundaberg. Where I am, the damage was nowhere near as bad as some areas, but we did have to sandbag low lying
areas and clear quite a lot of fallen trees and debris from the roads and on properties in the aftermath.
The truth is, it's been wet here ever since. Some days have topped 50-60mm of rain, and the ground is soaked. Every time it rains, we have small
amounts flooding in very low lying areas. The last two days have seen a brief return to sunshine, before another system of black clouds has rolled in
from the west. At the moment we are being to treated to a brilliant display of thunder and lightning, which is going to turn into another week of rain
and wind for us.
This report, from the Sunshine Coast Daily, details what's to come;
HUGE swathes of the Queensland coastline are expected to be hit by heavy rains, gale-force winds and flash flooding from Sunday afternoon.
Emergency Management Queensland has warned those living from Bowen to the New South Wales border to prepare for the weather onslaught.
Thunderstorms are expected to develop on Saturday afternoon in Central Queensland, including the highlands, with those spreading to include south-east
Queensland by the end of the weekend.
Those in these areas should begin preparing for the flash flooding and damaging winds expected to accompany the
We are also expecting another 180-200mm of rain in the next seven days, so a little more spread out than the Australia Day long weekend, but still
heavy rain for at least a week straight, after the ground is already pretty well soaked.
Rainfall estimates for the next seven days.
I just hope the ground and rivers can take it. People are still cleaning up since the last lot. The BOM has assured us it won't lead to more
flooding. Honestly, I'm not so sure, but remain optimistic we won't be sandbagging again by the end of the week.