Major rainfall is expected across western Queensland over the next five days.
Major rainfall is expected across western Queensland over the next five days. JOHN GASS

Major floods forecasted for western Queensland

HIGGINS Storm Chasing is warning western Queenslanders to prepare for a potentially major flood over the coming days.

"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,” the post to their website reads.

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

According to Higgins Storm Chasing, a low pressure system located 225km west of Charters Towers is tracking west towards Mount Isa.

Daily heavy rainfall is forecast with 24 hour totals of 100-200 mm likely and 300mm possible, which will accompany the low as it tracks west today and tomorrow.

Areas forecast to be impacted on Thursday and Friday are the Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Northern Goldfields, Gulf and North West districts.

Rainfall forecast for the next eight days in western Queensland.
Rainfall forecast for the next eight days in western Queensland. Bureau of Meteorology

The low is then forecast to intensify and turn south over Mount Isa on Saturday before stalling over Boulia in western Queensland on Sunday.

As a result, the North West and Channel Country districts are at risk of record-breaking rainfall between 200 and 400mm with possibly up to 550mm.

If these forecasted figures eventuate, the Higgins Storm Chasing website said major and potentially historic flooding was likely through western Queensland.

Accumulated total rainfall forecasts.
Accumulated total rainfall forecasts. weather.us/Higgins Storm Chasing

"We are urging people to take action now to protect property and livestock against heavy rain and flooding,” the website reads.

"Locations are likely to be isolated for up to one or two weeks. Logistics transport, public and tourism travel are also likely to be disrupted for an extended period.

"Stay safe everyone and stay tuned to the latest forecasts, updates and warnings.”


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