Storm coming over Blackall.
Storm coming over Blackall. Rodney Johns

GALLERY: storms begin to drench the west

SOAKING rain has fallen over much of the southwest overnight, and according to the Bureau of Meteorology, there is a lot more on the way, with storms already rolling in over Blackall.

As of midday, the town's rainfall total has hit a whopping 32.7mm since 9am, off the back of 18mm overnight.

While the average measurement has been about 10 to 25mm, a handful of properties have recorded up to 50mm as of 9am.

"Locations like Upper Claude River received 50mm to 9am this morning, Waroonga got 48mm, Sunbury had 47, and Fairview, 43," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Lauren Murphy said.

"They are the highest falls through the central parts from tonight and this morning.

"(Today) there will be showers and storms mixed in with some patchy rain during the day in a very similar area to locations which saw the rain over the last 24 hours."

The vertiable deluge is owing to two weather systems coming together over the region.

"It is a near-stationary system," Ms Murphy said.

"We've got a surface through the channel country, and this deep layer of warm, moist air is being channelled down by an upper trough as well, which is feeding into the showers, storms and wet conditions."

Currently, Blackall is the epicentre for storm activity, with locals sharing video of the exciting weather event all over social media.

However, it is not expected to cause too much damage; a severe thunderstorm warning for Maranoa and Warrego, Channel Country, and Central West forecast areas was cancelled at 6.20am this morning. 

Down the road, Quilpie has received their fair share of rain, with the town recording 32mm overnight.

Elsewhere, western towns have recorded much welcom falls; Charleville has seen 10mm, Cunnamulla 6mm, Injune 9mm, Mitchell 7mm, and Bollon 8mm.

The rainfall has definitely been patchy, as the bureau predicted, with one property outside of Roma receiving 24mm of the good stuff.

Carlton, north of Roma recieved 24mm
Carlton, north of Roma recieved 24mm Kerri-Ann Pollock

Early road closures

In light of the overnight falls, some rural roads in the Quilpie Shire and Blackall-Tambo region have been either closed, or are only accessible by four-wheel-drive.

Those roads are:

  • Adavale-Charleville Rd - Closed
  • Adavale Black Rd - Closed
  • Trinidad Rd - Closed
  • Ingeberry Rd - Closed
  • Quilpie-Toompine alternate flood route - 4WD only
  • Adavale-Blackall Rd - 4WD only
  • Langlo Rd, Tambo - 4WD only
  • Dawson Developmental Rd, Tambo - 4WD only
  • Mt Playfair Rd, Tambo - 4WD only
  • Ward Rd, Tambo - 4WD only
  • Avington Rd, Blackall - 4WD only
  • Ravensbourne Rd, Blackall - 4WD only
  • Blackall-Jericho Rd - 4WD only
  • Neverfail Rd, Blackall - 4WD only
  • Tumbar Rd, Blackall - 4WD only

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