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After high temperatures Queensland to see historic flooding

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Staff Writer | January 28, 2019
Queensland flood
Australia   Record-setting rain fell across parts of northern Queensland

A tropical low spinning over northern Queensland brought historic flooding to some areas over the weekend and will unleash more flooding in the coming days.

Record-setting rain fell across parts of northern Queensland, with Cairns recording a daily rainfall of 277 mm (10.91 inches). This is the most rain the city has had in a single day in more than a decade.

North of Cairns, the Daintree River reached an all-time record height over the weekend with a peak of 12.6 meters (41.3 feet) on Saturday night.

The record flooding damaged the ferry infrastructure and shut down service across the river for several days.

Torrential rainfall of nearly 300 mm (12 inches) fell in only 6 hours across the region, leading to the historic flooding.

The heaviest rainfall has ended for Cairns and Daintree; however, additional showers and thunderstorms are possible each day this week, hampering recovery efforts and keeping river levels dangerously high.

Areas farther south will now be at risk for torrential rainfall and life-threatening flooding this week.

Areas from Mission Beach and Townsville southward to Bowen and Mackay are at the highest risk for flash flooding and travel disruptions this week.

This risk will not be confined to the coast, as inland locations such as Hughenden, Charters Towers, Greenvale and Georgetown are all at risk for significant flooding.

Total rainfall this week will be 150-300 mm (6-12 inches), with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 600 mm (24 inches).

Areas of rugged terrain will also be at risk for mudslides due to repeated daily downpours.


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