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Flood-hit areas brace for deluge

RAIN will spread across much of Queensland in the next few days, leading to further flooding in recently flood-hit areas, including the southeast, according to weatherzone.com.au.

"Widespread 50 to 100 millimetres is likely across the west and south between now and the weekend, in the form of thunderstorms then rain. The band of storms and rain will then head north to the tropics," Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said.

"Between now and this time next week more than half of the state could have gained 50 to 100mm, and there's potential for more than 200mm in some parts," Dutschke said.

A monsoonal low, which brought more than 500mm to Mornington Island in the last few days, will play a big part in the coming rain.

"The low itself will move south from the Gulf Country to the Channel Country, and this is where the biggest rain, and biggest flooding is most likely. More than 200mm is possible."

"A trough will feed off the low to take a band of storms and rain across southern Queensland before it heads to the tropics. There will be pockets of 100mm or more in almost every district, including the southeast."

This will be a setback for reconstruction work, which is still in progress across much of the state due to flood and wind damage.

Parts of the Maranoa have had flooding on at least four occasions in the past 12 months, which has meant rebuilding has been a stop-start affair.

The summer just gone brought double the average rainfall to some areas, a lot of it in heavy downpours which led to major destruction.

More than 2500mm fell in the Innisfail area, with help from Cyclone Yasi, and more than 1500mm in southeast Queensland, mainly a result of a low pressure system in January.

During the last 12 months more than 5000mm has fallen in the Innisfail area and up to 2500mm in the state's southeast. This is as much as 1500mm higher the annual average.

"Whilst most of Queensland will be able to absorb this coming rain, spread over a few days, some parts of the state will suffer further flood damage," Dutschke said.

But it's not just flooding to watch out for.

"Together with flash flooding, thunderstorms could also produce damaging winds and hail, especially in the south."
 


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