Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Day the Heavens Opened in Anger; Region Feels Remnants of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen across Weekend

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Day the Heavens Opened in Anger; Region Feels Remnants of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen across Weekend

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Byline: Leighton Smith Leighton.Smith@capnews.com.au

BIG beautiful raindrops splashed down all over CQ yesterday thanks to the assistance of ex-tropical cyclone Owen.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds and heavy rainfall in the early hours of yesterday covering a large portion of central-eastern Queensland.

The warning remained in place throughout the day as the tropical low travelled south-easterly, parallel to the coast.

North Queensland copped the brunt of the wild wind and rain with a 100 km/h wind gust recorded at Lucinda at 3.30am yesterday.

Halifax, east of Ingham, recording 681mm of rain in 24 hours to 9am yesterday.

The bureau cancelled the damaging wind warning at 1pm but a heavy rainfall warning remained in place throughout the day.

By last night, ex-cyclone Owen was still threatening the Central Coast and Whitsundays and Capricornia districts, and was expected to lie off the Central Coast by early this morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology expected the system to begin shifting slowly north again tomorrow and Wednesday but it wasn't expected to redevelop into a tropical cyclone.

While there were concerns Owen could re-form into a cyclone for a third time, atmospheric conditions are expected to become less favourable for redevelopment today and tomorrow.

They will continue to monitor the situation carefully and tropical cyclone advisories will be issued if necessary.

The remnants of the ex-cyclone brought welcome rain throughout eastern Capricornia after 9am with Rockhampton recording 42.8mm, Yeppoon 50.6mm, Gladstone 20.6mm, Biloela 1.4mm and Blackwater 16.2mm.

Rain gauges were hammered in the Shoalwater Bay area with the Samuel Hill weather station recording 148mm and Williamson RAAF getting 90mm.

Consequently, at midday yesterday, an advice was issued saying that Stanage Bay Road was closed due to flooding with Cooyan Creek reportedly 800mm deep on the crossing and flowing extremely fast. …

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