Bureau issue warning with more rain on the way


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WET: The storm system is set to bring more flooding to the Douglas and surrounding region. Image: BOM.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued an early flood warning for the Far North as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Penny approaches Queensland.

Meteorologist Gordon Banks said the Bureau is issuing warnings early following the death of a woman from Rossville and the death of a Cairns man in recent flooding events.

“We ask everyone to take care and be proactive with flood watches and with severe weather warnings,” he said.

The Daintree and Mossman rivers are on flood watch as heavy rain associated with the system is expected to hit the Douglas region later this week.

The storm system is currently about 600 kilometres east of Townsville and is expected to start impacting the coast as early as tomorrow. 

There is still a moderate risk that the system will redevelop into a category one tropical cyclone over the Coral Sea.

Mr Banks said despite the category of the storm system, effects are set to be damaging.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s almost a cyclone or just a cyclone, the effects are going to be roughly the same,” he said.

River catchments between Cape Tribulation and Ingham can expect river rises above the minor flood level from Tuesday onward though the Douglas region is likely to experience effects later in the week.

“Thursday is when the Douglas region will have the highest chance of heavy rain,” Mr Banks said.

“It is possible there will be very heavy falls in excess of 150mm throughout Thursday and will persist through Friday. 

“Over the weekend we should see the rain ease.”

The Douglas region is particularly susceptible to flooding, as rivers are already full from recent heavy rains across the area. 

“Everything is really saturated and the ground is saturated so instead of rainwater drawing into the ground, it runs over the surface and into rivers,” Mr Banks said. 

The flood warning was issued at 12.30pm today and the next update from the Bureau of Meteorology will be published at 1.00pm tomorrow. 

Stay up-to-date on the most recent weather warnings at the Bureau of Meteorology website.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.



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