Storm warning for QLD

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Queenslanders have been issued an emergency alert on Monday morning for areas south of Toowoomba due to bad weather bough on by lamina and are being warned of late-season cyclones.

Police have shut New England Highway and surrounding roads in Allora and Clintonville, with no local diversions in place, due to the heavy rainfall. Motorists have been urged to avoid driving through flood waters or surrounding areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed a cyclone is likely to develop close to New Caledonia then move to the far east Coral Sea.

The Bureau said a cyclone will most likely form, but the threat of it coming anywhere close to Australia has backed off.

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from cairns post 4.4.22

An emergency alert has been issued this morning for areas south of Toowoomba due to ongoing flash flooding and heavy rainfall as Queenslanders are being warned a late-season cyclone is still likely to form over the Coral Sea this week, delivering the potential for wild weather as the school holidays get under way.

At 6.30am on Monday, Southern Downs Regional Council issued an alert for Killarney and Allora, urging residents to stay up to date with current warnings and avoid driving where possible.

Police have shut New England Highway and surrounding roads in Allora and Clintonville, with no local diversions in place, due to the heavy rainfall. Motorists have been urged to avoid driving through flood waters or surrounding areas.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Meteorology also put in place a major flood warning for both the Condamine and Balonne Rivers early this morning with peaks already reaching almost 12m at Chinchilla Weir.

Mon 09:10 AEST

Heavy rainfall on Sunday night saw totals of up to 90mm with the major flood peak expected at Condamine Township, 200km northeast of Toowoomba, today.

Major flooding is also expected along the Condamine River, downstream from Loudoun Bridge, as well as in the upper Balonne River at Warkon, with minor flooding also rising between Surat and Weribone.

Thunderstorms and showers are expected to continue throughout the day.

The band of rain will soon also make its way over to southeast Queensland later in the week with BOM meteorologist Livio Regano saying showers are likely.

Head of Brisbane Weather, David Taylor has been watching the weather activity in the Coral Sea closely on the Global Forecast System (GFS).

“There will be one, possibly two systems that will develop into a cyclone, it just boils down to timing.” Mr Taylor said.
More wet weather is forecast for the school holidays.

More wet weather is forecast for the school holidays.

The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed a cyclone is likely to develop close to New Caledonia then move to the far east Coral Sea.

The Bureau said a cyclone will most likely form, but the threat of it coming anywhere close to Australia has backed off.

“There could be a cyclone by Wednesday or Thursday but it will be in the Fiji waters and far away from us,” Mr Regano said.

“It will increase the size of the swell on the eastern beaches however from Thursday.”

Despite that, the weather system in the Coral Sea is still likely to generate larger swells and increase the likelihood of wet weather and wild surf conditions along the Queensland coast.

From Wednesday a trough through the southeast interior will become more active, aided by an easterly flow and an upper feature which will increase the chance of showers from Thursday.

“Tomorrow will be fine and sunny with the weather deteriorating throughout the week. There is expected to be some showers hitting us by Thursday or Friday,” Mr Regano said.

With a low north of New Caledonia that could drift southward and remain over the far east of the Coral Sea, wet conditions are also predicted this weekend.

“Increased shower activity and potentially hazardous surf conditions above the south east are expected next weekend,” Bureau of Meteorology forecaster, Felim Hannify said.

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