Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

'Worst Floods in 44 Years' for State's West, Forecaster Predicts

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

'Worst Floods in 44 Years' for State's West, Forecaster Predicts

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HIGGINS Storm Chasing has come forward with a big call, tipping western Queensland to experience its worst flood in 44 years.

Higgins took to Facebook and made the prediction yesterday morning.

"All of Western Queensland needs to prepare for a potential major record flood, which is forecast to impact the area during the next five days," Jeff Higgins posted.

"It could rival anything during the past 44 years (since the 1974 flood), it may also be so significant that nothing has ever been experienced like it in this state.

"Widespread rainfall totals of 200 to 400mm are likely with up to 550mm possible."

The forecast states much of Western Queensland could be impacted.

It predicts a low pressure system will track west from Charters Towers to Mount Isa, on Thursday and Friday, dropping between 100mm and 300mm a day as it moves inland.

Then the low is tipped to turn south and move from Mount Isa to Boulia bringing a huge deluge. …

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