CYCLONE DEBBIE: Darling Downs farmers to enjoy drench


  • Cyclone Debbie (Category 4) has made landfall.
  • Thousands have been evacuated from Whitsundays
  • The bureau has labelled Debbie the most significant cyclone to hit Queensland since Category 5 Cyclone Yasi in 2011
  • More than 20,000 were without power through Mackay, Whitsundays.

THE north of Queensland might be getting smashed by Cyclone Debbie, but what will happen when the weather movement hits the Darling Downs?

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts whatever is left of the severe cyclone will drop decent rain on the region across Thursday and Friday.

While the falls will be real, meteorologist Kev Hutchins said winds any stronger than 50km/h in the Darling Downs were unlikely.

METEYE: The most recent tracking from the Bureau of Meteorology shows Cyclone Debbie becoming a low west of Mackay, however Bundaberg remains within BoMs forecast track range.Photo Bureau of Meteorology
METEYE: The most recent tracking from the Bureau of Meteorology shows Cyclone Debbie becoming a low west of Mackay, however Bundaberg remains within BoMs forecast track range.Photo Bureau of Meteorology Contributed

"It'll get turned down to a category-one cyclone as it gets to Moranbah," he said.

"I'd say probably it would no longer be called a cyclone by the time it reaches Emerald.

"I think the path that is currently forecast, but it could change at any point, goes down through Rolleston, through Taroom and the main core of what was the cyclone would move over the northern parts of the Darling Downs."


Landholders in the western Darling Downs in need of a drench should expect some nice rainfall between 50-70mm.

Mr Hutchins said towns like Roma, Miles, Chinchilla and Dalby could expect a wet Thursday if current predictions held.

"Miles, Chinchilla and Dalby would be the main areas where the centre of what was left of the cyclone hit," he said.

"The uncertainty of the area does cover the entire district. You'd see the maximum rainfall through the northern part of the Darling Downs potentially.

"50mm could not be ruled out, and maybe even up to 70mm."


The cyclone will have well and truly finished by the time the tropical low hits the Garden City late on Thursday, but that doesn't mean we won't get rain.

Mr Hutchins said residents would see plenty of showers on Friday as the weather pattern headed south-east to northern NSW.

"Toowoomba will certainly get some precipitation, but not a huge amount at all," he said.

"You could see the odd 50km/h gust, but that's way below the warning thresholds.

"It won't be anything dramatically out of the ordinary."

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