Heavy Rain, Flooding in Far North Queensland

By AAP
January 3, 2021 Updated: January 3, 2021

Widespread flooding rain is expected over far north Queensland for days after a tropical cyclone made landfall late on Jan. 3.

Tropical Cyclone Imogen crossed the coast north of Karumba shortly before 11 p.m. before slowly weakening to a tropical low on Monday.

About 1400 houses were left without power, but there were no reports of injuries, Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said.

“It would appear at this stage there is no massive damage either, but there is a lot of water,” she told reporters on Monday.

The system dumped 262mm of rain in Normanton, with 186mm of that falling in six hours up until 3 a.m. on Monday, the Bureau of Meteorology’s Pieter Claassen told AAP.

The town also recorded wind gusts up to 100km/h overnight.

As the system weakened to a tropical low wind gusts up to 85km/h were still being experienced.

Claassen said about 60mm of rain had fallen in Cairns and Innisfail in just a few hours on Monday as the system moved southeast.

There is plenty more to come, with up to 300mm of rain possible in some isolated areas, while up to 200mm in six hours is likely in coastal areas as far as Townsville.

Severe thunderstorms are also forecast for northern Queensland and the southeastern interior of the state on Monday.

On the southeast coast the chance of showers and thunderstorms increases from mid-week, with showers expected until the end of the week.

By Cheryl Goodenough in Brisbane