Tropical low dumps huge amounts of rainfall in parts of northern Queensland

Huge rainfall has been recorded in parts of northern Queensland as a tropical low point moves across the state and into the Coral Sea.

A severe weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for large parts of Cape York has now been canceled.

Guard forecast master Steven Hadley said despite the cancellation that the rain continued along the northern tropical coast.

“The low is somewhere around the Cairns area at the moment, but it looks like it’s just starting to go offshore,” said Mr. Hadley.

“We expect the low-pressure system that has moved north to move offshore today, but it will bring some rain for some time, especially around the Mackay area.

“[The system] will get deeper over the next few days as it moves off the coast, and for that reason we have actually received gale warnings off the coastal waters north of Capricornia. “

Where did the rain fall?

Kowanyama in Western Cape York has recorded more than 340 millimeters since the flood began Tuesday morning.


“There’s a lot of water around the township area and a lot of water out on the Country,” said Mayor Robbie Sands of Kowanyama.

“Up to this point, December has been very dry, probably one of the driest recorded, or certainly in my recollection of having lived in Kowanyama for a long time.

Daintree Village, about 90 kilometers north of Cairns, recorded more than 130 millimeters of rain in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday morning.

Daintree River travel guide David White said there were some minor flooding in the area.

“It’s nothing out of the ordinary other than rain in the wet season,” White said.

“Right now, though, it’s just a very wet day.”


In Tully, a city that measures its annual rainfall in meters, more than 100 millimeters have fallen in the past 24 hours.

At nearby Mission Beach, BOM rain gauges recorded more than 140 millimeters at the same time.

Golf communities miss it again

In the northwestern part of the Gulf state, the local Disaster Management Group said the communities were prepared for the heavy weather, but it never came.

“The system went further north than we originally thought,” said QFES emergency coordinator Elliot Dunn.

Sir. Dunn said many people were looking forward to the rain.

“We’re an agricultural area, so all rain is good rain … and hopefully we’ll get some rain out of the next one.”

Dark skies off the coast of an island beach in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Lightning Battle, who lives on Sweers Island, says dark skies off the coast brought some rain to the island.(Delivered: Lightning Battle)

Sweers Island in the Gulf has only recorded 12 millimeters since the beginning of the week.

Lyn Battle lives on the island with her husband, Tex, and is only the islanders.

She said they expected a lot of rain.

“It never really happened,” said Mrs. Battle.

“There was some coastal erosion [though] “The tide was a meter higher than usual, we think.”


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