Flash flooding likely as monsoonal low brings days of rain to Queensland's parched north west

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The rain, which could stretch to mid-next week, is bringing new hope to graziers who've been waiting years for substantial falls.

Queensland's north west is expected to get days of storms which are likely to cause flash flooding, bringing new hope to graziers who've been waiting years for substantial falls.

The first of the rain came overnight — Richmond in north-west Queensland had 38 millimetres since 9:00am yesterday, Lower Creek in the Gulf Country received 25mm, and Longreach had 40mm. Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Peter Markworth said the rain was being generated by a monsoonal low sitting over the Northern Territory.

"We're getting plenty of moisture coming in from the Gulf of Carpentaria, that is associated with showers and storms, with the possibility of some of those being severe for heavy rain fall," Mr Markworth said. "It is possible that some of those storms can drop quite a bit of rainfall in a short amount of time which could, and most likely will, cause flash flooding under the bulk of that rain and nearby.""That seems to be pretty consistent over the weekend especially in the north and over the Gulf Country going through the Goldfields, central west and north west," Mr Markworth said.

 

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