Quick 40mm lashes the Bay

AT A RAPTUROUS rate, the raindrops fell at a millimetre a minute in Hervey Bay on Tuesday night.

Between 7.40pm and 8.20pm, almost 40mm of thunderous rain – accompanied by some streaky lightning – dashed the Bay.

In Maryborough the welcome fall had a steadier streak with 13mm recorded through the five hours after 7pm.

By 9am yesterday, a total of 34mm had fallen in Tiaro, 16mm in Howard, 20mm in Brooweena, 20mm in Biggenden and 12mm in Gayndah.

The Bureau of Meteorology also recorded rain alerts at Booral Road (22mm), Ghost Hill (22mm), Takura (12mm) and Torbanlea (22mm).

The Tinana Barrage catchment picked up 15mm to raise its levels to 71 per cent of capacity.

Lenthall Dam was 75 per cent full after gathering in 14mm.

The Mary River Barrage was at 70 per cent yesterday morning, with Paradise Dam, outside Biggenden, about 56 per cent full.

BOM forecaster Gavin Holcombe said only the odd shower could be expected heading into the weekend, after yesterday’s storm activity moved inland.



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