Australia Floods: Severe Weather Warnings Continue

January 2, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Greg Messenger (L) and Gary Clem (R) try to restore a flood warning sign which had been flattened by the swollen Burnett River on Jan. 2, 2011.  (Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images)
Greg Messenger (L) and Gary Clem (R) try to restore a flood warning sign which had been flattened by the swollen Burnett River on Jan. 2, 2011. (Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images)
Extreme weather is affecting almost every state across Australia, threatening to lash the continent with gale-force winds, large waves, heavy rainfall and floods.

According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, a tropical low sits off the coast of Western Australia and a monsoon trough hangs just out from Darwin in the Northern Territory.

An already suffering and flood-stricken central Queensland is expected to get the full brunt, the weather bureau warns.

“Severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, large hailstones and damaging winds over the next several hours" have a distinct possibility of moving south to New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, according to the Bureau.

The news is grim for inland Queensland where thousands of families are already suffering from flood-stricken towns and hundreds have been evacuated from their homes over the Christmas season.

“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours,” the weather bureau cautions people of Dalby, Roma, Charleville, Emerald, Clermont, Cunnamulla, St George, Quilpie, Biloela, Blackwater, Moranbah and Goondiwindi.

And those people living in the central highlands and coalfields, south Queensland to Maranoa and Warrego, across to Darling Downs and the Granite Belt and also the east coast to the Whitsundays, will not be spared either.

The onslaught is expected to also hit Capricornia where Rockhampton and Bundaberg are situated. Both towns are now isolated, cut off from the rest of the country by overflowing rivers.

In Victoria, the southern tip of Australia, the Bureau warns of unusually high seas, large waves, gales, and gusty winds. Flood warnings have also been issued as the Murray is expected to rise.

South Australia may also expect coastal wind warnings and so too, Tasmania.

The severe weather patterns are moving into New South Wales and may affect Bowral, Orange, Bathurst, Katoomba, Parkes and Cobar.

More detailed warnings will be issued should the thunderstorms develop in the cities of Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, or surrounding areas.