Torrential rain moves south but will be back

The slow-moving low pressure system which has brought heavy downpours over the Northwest region is expected to move south-southeast over the North West district throughout Sunday before shifting back to the north this evening and during Monday.

The system lies over the northwestern interior of Queensland, about 100 kilometres south of Mount Isa.

Mount Isa has had 50mm while Cloncurry has registered over 100mm.

Currently the heaviest rainfall is occurring over the northwestern interior between Cloncurry and Trepell with Carsland (northwest of Cloncurry) recording 298mm.

See the Mount Isa crossings before and after photos here.

Cloncurry has copped a soaking from the low-pressure system with the Chinaman Creek Dam spilling over.

Lake Julius – at 111 per cent full – is predicted to spill over today while the Cloncurry River at Cloncurry peaked around 7.56m on Saturday night, the highest river level since 2009.

Areas of heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, are expected to accompany the low as it shifts slowly over the northwestern interior during the next 24 hours.

Locally damaging wind gusts may also occur within the warning area, particularly with thunderstorms.

Scattered 24-hour rainfall totals between 75mm to 150mm are likely, with isolated falls up to 300mm possible.

Several flood warnings and watches are current.

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Locations which may be affected include Winton, Dajarra, Duchess, McKinlay, Brighton Downs and Middleton.

24 hours to 9am Saturday:

Black Gorge (southeast of Mount Isa) has recorded 159mm

Greta Station (northwest of Cloncurry) has recorded 153mm

Miranda Creek (northeast of Mount Isa) has recorded 134mm

And remember: If it is flooded forget it: