North Queensland hit by 1 in 100 year rainfall

9th February 2016 7:07 AM
Far north Queensland has been hit by heavy rain overnight. Far north Queensland has been hit by heavy rain overnight. Brenda Strong

NORTH Queensland has recorded what has been described as 1 in 100 year rainfall events overnight with some locations experiencing 180mm of rain within two hours.

In an advice issued at 3am on Tuesday, the Bureau of Meteorology said further warnings may be issued after overnight thunderstorms around the Townsville area.

Some of the biggest falls recorded included:

73mm of rain fell at Menavale in the 1 hour to midnight.

48mm of rain fell at Euramo and 40mm at Tully in the 30 minutes to 11:15pm.

Between 7pm and 9pm the following areas recorded:

Aplin Weir 91mm in 30 minutes, 143mm in 1 hour and 181mm within 2 hours.

Annandale 62mm in 30 minutes, 111mm in 1 hour and 140mm within 2 hours.

Kirwan 56mm in 30 minutes.

Bushland Beach 61mm in 30 minutes.

 

ROSS RIVER:

Between 30 mm to 105 mm of rainfall was recorded earlier this evening in the headwaters of the Ross River. The lake level within Ross River Dam remains quite low, and no significant rises have been detected. No significant river rises have occurred downstream of the dam along the lower reaches of the Ross River during Monday evening.

BOHLE RIVER:

Some small river rises are occurring in the Bohle River as a result of the localised very heavy rainfall during Monday evening.

BLACK RIVER:

Some small river rises are occurring in the Black River during Monday evening, but these are not expected to be significant.

BLUEWATER CREEK:

River rises are expected along the Bluewater Creek during this evening, however at this stage no significant rises have been detected.

Predicted River Heights/Flows:

ROSS RIVER at:

APLIN WEIR: River levels expected to remain below the minor flood level (1.0 metre) overnight Monday.

BOHLE RIVER at:

MT BOHLE: River levels expected to remain below the minor flood level (4.0 metre) overnight Monday.