Brace for heavy rainfall in the far north

RACQ has warned motorists in far north Queensland against taking any risks in flood waters, as a low pressure system crossed the coast as a category one cyclone and threatened to dump hundreds of millimetres of rain for days.

The Courier Mail reported a severe weather warning had been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for heavy rainfall and potential flash flooding as the ex-cyclone tracked across the Peninsula.

Club spokesperson Lucinda Ross said 90 roads across Queensland were already closed due to long-term and flash flooding.

“We’re already seeing several roads impacted by flood waters, the majority of those are in the far north,” Ms Ross said.

“Heavy rainfall which could lead to further flash flooding is forecast to develop between Cooktown and Ingham this afternoon.

“The Bureau of Meteorology is warning six hourly totals of 250mm across the coast and ranges, with locations including Cairns, Georgetown, Ingham, Innisfail, Mareeba, Mossman, Cardwell, Palmerville, Cooktown, Julatten, Mount Garnet and Redlynch to be impacted.”

Ms Ross said RACQ pleaded with motorists to listen to emergency services and keep up to date with warnings as this system continued to dump heavy rain. 

“When it comes to flood waters, the situation can change quickly. If a road is flooded, don’t take the risk. Back your vehicle up and stay safe,” she said.

“Motorists should check their journey before they leave at RACQ Road Conditions.”