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Rainfalls of up to 300mm as Far North Queensland placed on flood watch

By Jemima Burt, Monday April 19, 2021 - 21:15 EST
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A flood watch is likely to be issued across the North Tropical catchment today. - ABC

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned parts of Far North Queensland could expect daily rainfall totals of up to 300 millimetres in coming days.

A trough in the Coral Sea has brought hundreds of millimetres of rain to the region over the past 24 hours ? and more is on the way.

Some areas around Innisfail has received more than 250mm of rain since 9:00am Monday, while more than 150mm fell at Cairns racecourse.

Horn Island, in the Torres Strait, also received about 150mm on Sunday and Monday, associated with a weak tropical low in the region.

BOM issued a flood watch for the north tropical coast between Cooktown and Ingham at 2:00pm on Monday.

"Showers are likely to remain enhanced or even increase about the north-east tropics through the day today, particularly overnight into Tuesday as a trough in the Coral Sea approaches and potentially moves onto the coast," forecaster Kimba Wong said.

"Daily rainfall totals of 100 to 150mm are likely, and isolated totals up to 300mm are possible for the next couple of days.

"At the moment we do have strong wind warnings for the Cairns and Townsville coastal waters today, just with some stronger winds in the vicinity of that trough in the Coral Sea."

She said conditions were not likely to ease until later in the week.

"At this stage conditions are expected to gradually ease from Wednesday though not clearing completely," she said.

"More localised heavy falls may persist through Wednesday and Thursday."


© ABC 2021

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