With roads and streets filled with rising floodwaters, emergency warnings and potentially life-threatening flash flooding, La Nina continues to wreak weather havoc.
Three states could be hit with a weekend of wet and wild weather as La Nina continues to bring swathes of rain and damaging weather conditions.
With the current La Nina phase lasting longer than average, and predicted to continue until winter, wet weather has lashed Australia’s east coast in another significant weather event in mere months.
However, the brunt of concerning weather will be focused on Queensland. The state is set to be hit with its worst day of rain, after being smashed by record days of downpour. Overnight, Qld Fire & Emergency Services issued several emergency alerts with the Bureau of Meteorology warning of locally intense rain which may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding.
Queensland braces for worst day
Overnight, dramatic photos emerged of the situation in Killarney along the Condamine River, which was hit with rising floodwaters.
The Twitter account for Queensland’s Transport and Main Roads also shared a series of roads in the state’s southeast area of Somerset which have gone underwater as of midday Thursday.
This includes the Geoff Fisher Bridge in Fernvale, the Mount Stanley Crossing and Kilcoy Bridge Crossing.
The BOM have forecast potential severe storms with heavy rainfall and damaging wind gusts across the coast from Ayr to just before Brisbane and as far inland as Charleville.
A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall is also in place for the state’s southeast, including areas like Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Maroochydore, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Kingaroy, Caboolture and Gatton.
“With six-hourly rainfall totals between 100mm to 160mm possible, flash flooding could occur during the early hours of Friday, continuing into Friday evening,” the QFES warned on Thursday night.
Locally intense rainfall is possible with thunderstorm activity and this may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding.
Across the Lockyer Valley all low-lying areas have been urged to self-evacuate due to the risk of inundation.
Residents in Warwick, Allora, Noosa, the Sunshine Coast and people in the Lockyer Valley Regional council.
Bleak forecast for NSW
After February’s fatal flooding, the BOM forecasts that minor flooding is possible in the Northern Rivers and Central West areas of Castlereagh, Macquarie and Bell Rivers from Thursday night. Areas which could be affected include Tweed and Rouse rivers, Brunswick River, Richmond River, Macquarie Ricer and Bogan River.
Although the Bureau has predicted “widespread rain and humid conditions for Friday morning”, the rain should ease by the late morning with “just an odd shower or two expected”.
The ACT won’t escape the downpour either. BOM reports it’ll continue to rain in the nation’s capital until late morning on Friday, with isolated showers and even brief periods of sun for later in the day. The weekend will also see a high of 20C and 19C, with one or two showers early on in the day.
Likewise, the same weather system that’s impacting NSW and Queensland is also set to bring wet weather to Melbourne, though in less extreme terms.
Damaging gusts for WA
Not to be outdone by Australia’s east coast, Western Australia has severe weather warnings for fire, heavy winds and flood.
Flash flooding with six-hourly rainfalls between 60 to 90mm and isolated totals of 90 to 120mm could hit Onslow, with the BOM warning of flash flooding in the far northern Gascoyne and the western to central Pilbara regions.
Along the state’s south coast, from Augusta to Israelite Bay, damaging wind gusts of up to 90km/h could wreak havoc from early Friday morning. The Bureau predicts affected areas may include Albany, Esperance, Mount Barker, Hopetoun, Israelite Bay and Walpole.
Over the Eucla, 11km west of the South Australian border, a front is forecast to bring strong north to north-westerly winds ahead of the front and moderate west to south-westerly winds behind the front. As of 3am local time, the BOM has issued a severe fire danger for the area, with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services asking residents to monitor conditions and action their Bushfire Survival Plan.