After two days of intermittent rain, the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting more wet weather for the Mount Isa region today (Tuesday), as cloudy conditions continue to dominate.
The Bureau says there is a high (80%) chance of rain, most likely during this afternoon and evening.
There is a chance of a thunderstorm from late this morning, with possible heavy falls in the southeast of the region late this afternoon and evening, the BoM says.
Mount Isa has already exceeded its September record with 61mm falling on Sunday and another 8.2mm yesterday.
Cloncurry mostly missed out with just 0.2mm on Sunday and 5.6mm on Monday and there was no rain in the Gulf centres of Normanton and Burketown.
With further downfalls expected, police are asking motorists to travel with extreme caution and to heed the following:
• take extra care, re-think travel plans and limit non-essential travel
• obey all road signage or risk prosecution
• slow down and drive to wet weather conditions
• avoid flooded roads, creeks and watercourses – if it’s flooded, forget it
• be alert to the deceptively powerful nature of currents, especially during periods of heavy rain
• remember that road conditions and road closures can change rapidly as creeks and watercourses can rise and fall quickly.
Mount Isa police are also asking parents to ensure they know the location of their children at all times and to remind them of the dangers of flooded waterways.
Police have been called to several locations to remove children from harm. Not only does this put childrens’ lives at risk, but it also puts their rescuers’ lives at risk.
Think about the consequences of your actions and don’t risk your life or the lives of others. Stay well away from flooded creeks and causeways; the currents are deceptive and the dangers are hidden beneath the surface.
The cause of the wet is a strong upper level trough and its associated surface trough which are producing a rain-band over southwestern Queensland, and this will move eastwards through southern Queensland today and continue into eastern Queensland on Wednesday in a weakening phase.
Sunnier weather is expected to return by mid-Wednesday morning.