Tropical soaking causes flooding in Queensland

Ben Domensino, 28 February 2018

Heavy rain and flooding are affecting parts of north tropical Queensland this week.

While the state's coast hasn't seen a tropical cyclone make landfall so far this season, a low pressure system has inundated the North Tropical Coast during the last 24 hours.

Some rain gauges around Townsville registered 150-200mm of rain during the 24 hours to 9am on Wednesday. Nelly Bay‚??s 229mm was the heaviest fall in the region for this period, although 212mm of this fell in just 6 hours.

Townsville's 85mm during the 24 hours to 9am on Wednesday was its highest daily total since May last year, with another 21mm falling up to 1pm today.

The latest burst of rain brought Townsville's February total to 274.4mm, making this its wettest calendar month for two years and the wettest February since 2014.

The low pressure system will move towards the west during the remainder of Wednesday and Thursday, spreading heavy rain, strong winds and storms across northern Queensland.

A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall was in place for parts of Herbert and Lower Burdekin and Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders districts on Wednesday afternoon. Numerous flood watches and warnings were also in place.

- Weatherzone

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