Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, North West and Central West Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:45 am Sunday, 28 January 2024.
Ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily likely to produce heavy rainfall over parts of western Queensland.

Weather Situation: Ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily is currently located to the south of Julia Creek. It is forecast to remain slow-moving over western Queensland for the remainder of today and through Monday.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is forecast for the eastern North West, western Central West and far southwestern Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders districts. 6-hourly rainfall totals between 60 to 90 mm are likely, with isolated falls up to 110 mm possible. 24-hourly rainfall totals of 90 to 120 mm are likely, with isolated falls up to 180 mm possible.

A separate Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued if VERY DANGEROUS THUNDERSTORMS with INTENSE RAINFALL are detected.

Severe weather is forecast to persist about western Queensland, with future severe weather subject to the position and strength of ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily.

A Flood Watch and several Flood Warnings are also current for the Central West, Channel Country and Gulf of Carpentaria catchments. See for more information.

Locations which may be affected include Cloncurry, Julia Creek, Selwyn, Mckinlay and Brighton Downs.

Kirby (near Middleton) recorded 119 mm of rain in the 6 hours to 3:00 am.

Emergency services advise people to:
* Park your car undercover away from trees.
* Close doors and windows.
* Keep asthma medications close by. Storms and wind can trigger asthma attacks.
* Charge mobile phones and power banks in case the power goes out.
* Put your pets somewhere safe and make sure they can be identified in case they get lost.
* Do not drive now unless you have to because conditions are dangerous.
* Tell friends, family and neighbours in the area.
* Go inside a strong building now. Stay inside until the storm has passed.