Queensland residents urged to brace for more severe thunderstorms
THE Far North will be hit by another wave of storms this week, with a severe thunderstorm set to hit the region this afternoon.
Cairns is set for more wet weather as the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning with heavy rainfall and damaging winds for much of the coast.
Currently, eyes are on the storm brewing near Townsville, caused by a slow moving upper trough and surface low that is predicted to move north.
The weather bureau has put out a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall from Townsville on the coast and west almost to Georgetown, with flash flooding likely.
Locals are being warned of six-hour rainfall totals of 100mm to 180mm, with falls of up to 220mm possible, while some areas could receive 350mm over the next 24 hours.
Once the storm hits Cairns, the area is looking at between 15-25 mm of rain, but in certain parts of the storm belt, this could be much higher.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Sean Fitzgerald said the main concern for residents in low-lying areas to be alert for flash flooding.
Thunderstorm forecast map for the day #Qldstorm #Bigwet - Severe thunderstorms with heavy rainfall and damaging winds are possible from the eastern Gulf Country through to the North Tropical Coast and as far south as Proserpine. For future warnings visit: https://t.co/9EGP76hy8S pic.twitter.com/XPMtigqSG4— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) February 28, 2018
"Depending on where you are, the storms could also produce damaging winds, but the main concern is flash floods," Mr Fitzgerald said.
"Please prepare accordingly if you live in low lying areas and keep an eye out as warnings come."
Flash flooding has already triggered road closures in Townsville.
Cyclonic (clockwise) rotation, but not a tropical cyclone! While there is rotation on the #Townsville RADAR, it's not a tropical cyclone, but a low pressure system - high rainfall expected. Please see our warnings at: https://t.co/8R6lN4E09k pic.twitter.com/jUBrs8hVxA— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) February 27, 2018