Monsoon trough may develop into cyclone

RACQ has urged residents in North Queensland to prepare as a monsoon trough develops off the coast bringing the possibility of a cyclone.

The weekly climate note from Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned significant rainfall is likely if the monsoon trough continues to develop over the next fortnight.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said rain and storms were forecast for the Townsville region in the next week.

“Townsville is still recovering from February’s devasting floods and the possibility of further rain is not good news for the community,” Ms Ross said.

“Unfortunately the Bureau says the region’s current high humidity, cloudy skies and warm ocean temperatures point towards the chance of heavy rain later this month.”

Ms Ross said now was the time to act to protect families and property.

“We’re sure many locals have prepared for further rainfall however, for those haven’t, now is the time to get their homes and families ready for localised flooding.”

RACQ recommends residents use the current dry conditions to:

  • Cut back overgrown trees
  • Clear gutters
  • Fix any roof leaks
  • Consider where you will stay if you have to evacuate
  • Locate your emergency kit and ensure it is up-to-date
  • Charge your mobile phone in case you lose power
  • Make sure your pets are safe
  • Check on your neighbours, especially the elderly
  • Check your insurance.