Slow-moving Tropical Cyclone Owen's slow passage back across the Gulf of Carpentaria has thrown doubt over weekend weather forecasts. But the BOM has warned conditions here would remain unstable with the chance of severe thunderstorms.
Slow-moving Tropical Cyclone Owen's slow passage back across the Gulf of Carpentaria has thrown doubt over weekend weather forecasts. But the BOM has warned conditions here would remain unstable with the chance of severe thunderstorms.

Sunday soaking set for Darling Downs

THE DARLING Downs will receive its share of the rain tomorrow, as Cyclone Owen makes landfall as an expected category-four storm.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts the slow-moving cyclone will track down the coast tomorrow, bringing with it the worst of the weather.

The storm warnings hold the potential of up to 100mm of rain for the Downs region.

BOM spokeswoman Amber Raman said residents could expect storms and rainfall over the next 48 hours with Toowoomba caught in a low-pressure trough created by the two systems.

"It is very dynamic situation right now that is influenced by a trough extending through central Queensland," Ms Raman said.

"The weather in Toowoomba will hinge on the movements of Cyclone Owen today.

"We are still predicting a high chance of showers, with the potential for severe storms in the region across the next few days."

The storm is expected to become a rain depression after making landfall, slowing around the central Queensland coast.

Ms Raman said next week's forecast was highly variable.

"The unsettled conditions will continue into next week," Ms Raman said.

"Again, it will depend on what happens this weekend, how rapidly the cyclone moves southeast and how quickly it degenerates.

"There is more rain forecast in the following days, likely due to an onshore flow."

Ms Raman encouraged residents to keep an eye on BOM's forecast for any changes to the predicted weather patterns.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services South West Acting Chief Superintendent Eddie Lacko said storms were unpredictable, and people should take steps now to minimise possible damage.

"Particularly with storms from out west which can be quite severe," he said.

He said emergency crews across the Darling Downs and south west region were prepared to respond to instances of flooding and extreme weather.

He reminded people that if it was flooded, forget it, reinforcing the message that residents should keep watch on official weather warnings.

As the north is hit by heavy rains causing localised flooding, the impact in the Darling and Western Downs, and Maranoa regions, could be experienced in coming weeks as waters flow south.



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