Heavy rains to continue in north Queensland

As ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen continued to inundate the north Queensland coast, RACQ has urged locals to prepare for flooding.

While the heaviest falls were recorded in Gordonvale over the weekend, the areas between Ingham and Port Douglas remained on alert for expected heavy rainfall and damaging winds as the system advanced on Monday.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said another tropical low had formed in the Coral Sea and as a second cyclone was a possibility, all Queenslanders should review their storm emergency plan.

“Queensland’s summer storms can be fierce and unpredictable and it’s important all Queenslanders are prepared as the weather warms up,” Ms Ross said.

“It’s too late when the storm is upon you so take the time now to prepare your emergency kit and make sure it’s somewhere easy to access.

“Then have a quick chat to your family to agree on where to go in emergency, who will collect kids and pets and make sure everyone is aware of the plan. It’s that easy.”

Ms Ross said there were also things motorists should remember if they were on the road during a downpour.

“The most important thing motorists should do is drive to the conditions,” Ms Ross said.

“With so much rain predicted, it’s important drivers never enter floodwaters. It’s simply not worth the risk to your life or those of the emergency service personnel who may have to rescue you.”

Ms Ross said adverse weather could result in road closures.

“We’d strongly urge motorists to consult RACQ’s Road Conditions website to see which roads might be closed due to flooding or damage caused by the downpour,” she said.

The latest weather forecasts could be viewed on the Bureau of Meteorology’s website.