Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of North Tropical Coast and Tablelands, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders and Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:11 pm Wednesday, 26 January 2022.

LARGE SLOW MOVING STORMS ARE DEVELOPING OVER PARTS OF NORTHERN AND INTERIOR QUEENSLAND

Weather Situation: A warm and very humid airmass over western Queensland is leading to strong, slow moving tropical thunderstorms this afternoon.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Herbert and Lower Burdekin district. Locations which may be affected include Townsville.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the North Tropical Coast and Tablelands, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders and Herbert and Lower Burdekin districts. Locations which may be affected include Charters Towers, Pentland, Forsayth, Gregory Springs, Abergowrie and Greenvale.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding and damaging winds over the next several hours in parts of the North Tropical Coast and Tablelands, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders and Herbert and Lower Burdekin districts. Locations which may be affected include Greenvale.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the North West, Central West and Channel Country districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

67 mm of rain recorded in 1 hour to 7:15pm at Mona Mona (north of Cairns)

131 mm of rain recorded at Stony Creek (SW of Townsville) in 1 hour to 8:59 pm. 191 mm recorded in 3 hours to 9:30 pm.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.