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 11:38 pm Wednesday, 26 January 2022.

LARGE SLOW MOVING STORMS ARE DEVELOPING OVER PARTS OF THE NORTHEASTERN INTERIOR

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 heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders and Herbert and Lower Burdekin districts. Locations which may be affected include Lyndhurst Station 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 Forsayth, Woodstock, Gregory Springs, Abergowrie, Clare and Greenvale.

A severe weather warning for intense raining is also current for coastal parts of the North Tropical Coast and Tablelands and Herbert and Lower Burdekin districts.

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. 225 mm recorded in 3 hours to 10:00 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.