A flood watch has been issued for most of Queensland by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). They are predicting “significant flooding” as heavy rain continues to fall.
Residents are being advised to take caution in the wet weather after a man in his 20s had to be rescued from floodwater in Mount Isa, Australia.
The man was taken to Mount Isa Hospital in a stable condition with hypothermia.
It is thought that he became stranded and had to cling to reeds for 30 minutes.
⚠️Severe Weather Warning Update: Heavy rainfall forecast throughout the Central and Northern interior, and spreading to the NE coast on Wednesday. The heavy rainfall threat will contract from the west today. Significant flooding is likely. Details: https://t.co/CinugnxqkN pic.twitter.com/VscJpiOQP5
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) May 9, 2022
Rainfall is expected to increase throughout the day and into the evening, with heavy rains and storms forecast for much of the state.
A severe weather warning has been issued for the Central and Northern Interior.
A flood warning has been issued for western and central Queensland, as well as the central and north Queensland coast.
Since 9 a.m., Longreach, in Australia’s outback, has received 8.4mm of rain, Mount Isa 11.2mm, Townsville 12.4 mm, while the Sunshine Coast airport has gathered 36.6.
The weather service added that some areas of the state could receive “several month’s worth of rain in a single day,” according on Weatherzone.
“This weather pattern is very unusual for May,” the weather service said.
“A broad area of Queensland could pick up more than 100mm from this system and some areas could see more than 300mm.”