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Ex-Tropical Cyclone Nora wreaks havoc on North Queensland

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Ex-Tropical Cyclone Nora wreaks havoc on North Queensland

admin March 27, 2018
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A severe weather warning is active for Townsville and surrounds with forecasters warning of thunderstorms.

Townsville suburbs have already received a soaking with some areas recording more than 100mm of rain. And a further 200mm of rain could be on the way.

Heavy rainfall in Townsville. Damien Patel and Emily Smith up at the Ross River Dam

The Bureau of Meteorology issued the warning for people in Herbert and Lower Burdekin and parts of Gulf Country, North Tropical Coast and Tablelands, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders and Central Coast and Whitsundays forecast districts.

Satellite imagery showing a major system over Townsville about 6.30am today. Picture: Weatherzone

Locations which may be affected include Townsville, Ayr, Giru, Alva Beach, Rollingstone, Normanton, Croydon, Charters Towers, and Georgetown.

It remains slow-moving near the southeastern Gulf of Carpentaria coast. It is expected to begin a westward track over the southern Gulf later today. A trough connecting ex-tropical cyclone Nora to the southern North Tropical Coast is causing heavy rainfall over the warning area.

Wet Weather PicsWet Weather Pics. Heavy rainfall in Townsville.

Forecaster Abita Sharan said there was a chance of between 100mm and 200mm of rain falling in parts of the region in the next 24 hours and with conditions expected to ease this evening those heavy showers could hit soon.

“It should start easing off later today but for the moment the forecast is still rain over Townsville,” Ms Sharan said.

It comes as the Ross River Dam has reached more than 91 per cent capacity.

Further north in Cairns the system is causing chaos.

Tue 15:20 EST

A major flood warning has been issued for every river catchment in Far North Queensland.

An Evacuation Centre has been established in Cairns at the Marlin Coast Recreation Centre for residents who may be impacted by major flood levels on the Barron River.

EARLIER: More than 40 people have been rescued from flooded homes as ex-Tropical Cyclone Nora continues to dump rain across North Queensland. Townsville is again in the middle of storm activity today.

The SES rescued 42 people from two caravan parks in Cairns when the water inundated them overnight, spokesman Sean McGuinness told Nine on Tuesday.

“Swift water people were sent in first and flood boat crews were tasked to assist for that situation, just because of the number of people that were reported,” he said.

Overnight Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Julian De Morton warned up to 200mm of rain could fall on parts of Townsville in a six hour period.

Since 9am yesterday 128mm has fallen on Bushland Beach and 109mm at Nelly Bay.

Castle Hill recorded 91mm and Garbutt 92mm.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michael Paech said this morning the low-level trough was centred around Ingham.

The Ross River Dam was this morning at 90 per cent capacity.

The system has been causing chaos to the north.

Startling scenes posted on social media showed vehicles dodging boulders and landslides on the Captain Cook Highway between Cairns and Port Douglas before it was cut off on Sunday.

Motorists stand in disbelief after a landslide blocks the Captain Cook Hwy near Oaks Beach on Sunday afternoon. PICTURE: TRAVIS GOOCH / SUPPLIED

Residents self-evacuated out of one home on millionaire’s row in Murphy St after a 400m-wide landslide on the headland at Port Douglas.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll said there was still a risk of flash flooding from Cape Tribulation in far north Queensland to Townsville.

“Tropical Cyclone Nora has been downgraded but there is still increased rainfall for coastal areas of the far north as the system moves west,” Ms Carroll said.

Heavy rainfall in Townsville. Lazuras Taylor 8, out walking 2yo Beagle X Jett Nitrous.

“The current heavy falls we are seeing are in addition to recent downpours that saw flooding in Ingham and Innisfail, and flood warnings are still in place for many rivers.”

The Bruce Highway was this morning closed to the north of Townsville at Coolbie.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads reported the Bruce Highway was closed to all vehicles in both directions from Frosty Mango to Andy’s Roadhouse.

The highway was also closed at Damper Creek and Gairloch.

Road closure on Townsville Road due to heavy rainfall. Only residents in Toobanna and Scovazzis Road were able to leave Ingham. (PICTURE: LILLIAN ALTMAN)

WEATHER WARNING

A severe weather warning was this morning activated for people in the Herbert and Lower Burdekin and parts of Gulf Country, North Tropical Coast and Tablelands, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders and Central Coast and Whitsundays forecast districts.

The warning area covers a band of North Queensland from Townsville in the east almost as far as Burketown in the west.

Locations which may be affected include Townsville, Ayr, Giru, Alva Beach, Rollingstone, Normanton, Croydon, Charters Towers, and Georgetown.

The Bruce Highway has been closed due to heavy flooding. (PICTURE: LILLIAN ALTMAN)

“Ex-tropical cyclone Nora remains slow-moving near the southeastern Gulf of Carpentaria coast,” the bureau warned.

“It is expected to begin a westward track over the southern Gulf later today.

“A trough connecting ex-tropical cyclone Nora to the southern North Tropical Coast is causing heavy rainfall over the warning area.

A crash in Ingham at the Townsville Road turn off heading into Herbert Street, March 26, 2018. (PICTURE: LILLIAN ALTMAN)

“Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, could occur in the Herbert and Lower Burdekin district and parts of the North Tropical Coast, Gulf Country, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, and Central Coast districts today.

“This heavy rain should begin to ease during Tuesday afternoon.

Tue 15:10 EST

“Damaging winds, with gusts exceeding 90km/h, are possible across the warning area, but are more likely near ex-tropical cyclone Nora over the Gulf Country.”

Extremely heavy rainfall rates were recorded on Monday evening about the North Tropical Coast district at about 10:30pm.

Bulgun Creek Alert (north of Tully): 129mm in 60 minutes.

Copperlode Alert (southwest of Cairns): 110mm in 60 minutes.

Bolton Road Alert (west of Cairns): 95mm in 60 minutes.

Myola Alert (northwest of Cairns): 108mm in 60 minutes.

Emerald Crest Alert (east of Mareeba): 136mm in 3 hours.

Flaggy Creek Alert (northwest of Cairns): 99mm in 60 minutes.

TOWNSVILLE FORECAST

The bureau says there is a very high (95%) chance of rain today which will tend to showers later in the morning.

There is a chance of a thunderstorm and possibly heavy falls this morning.

RAINFALL TOTALS

Bushland Beach AL: 128mm

Picnic Bay AL: 126mm

Nelly Bay AL: 109mm

Saunders Ck AL: 99mm

Pallarenda AL: 97mm

Dalrymple Road AL: 93mm

North Ward AL: 92mm

Garbutt AL: 92mm

Deeragun AL: 91mm

Castle Hill AL: 91mm

Cungulla AL: 91mm

South Townsville AL: 90mm

Rollingstone AL: 90mm

Mt Bohle AL: 90mm

Townsville Airport AL: 88mm

Black River AL: 86mm

Vincent AL: 85mm

Little Bohle River AL: 84mm

Aitkenvale AL: 83mm

Townsville AWS: 83mm

Kirwan (Sandstone Dve) AL: 81mm

Kirwan AL: 79mm

Black Weir (Riverway) AL: 79mm

Annandale AL: 78mm

Bohle River TM: 77mm

Stuart Creek AL: 77mm

Mysterton AL: 76mm

Bohle River AL: 75mm

Cluden AL: 75mm

Mt Margaret AL: 74mm

Rooney’s Bridge AL: 72mm

Alligator Creek AL: 64mm

Aplin Weir AL: 59mm

Ross River Dam AL: 57mm

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