Severe weather on the way

UPDATE, 4.45pm: Severe weather with moderate to heavy rain and possible flooding is expected over a wide area of Queensland this afternoon.

The Bureau of Meterology has issued a warning for the Gulf of Carpentaria to Southeast Queensland and parts of Cape York Peninsula.

Heavy rainfall and thunderstorm activity leading to flash flooding is expected to increase on the coast and adjacent inland between Cooktown and Ingham tonight and tomorrow.

A monsoon trough extends across northern Cape York Peninsula, and a low is deepening on the monsoon trough and will move towards Cape York Peninsula today and tomorrow.

Moist onshore winds are feeding into an upper level trough and have been producing widespread areas of rain, showers and thunderstorms over eastern Queensland.

Scattered showers, thunderstorms and general rain areas will continue over eastern Queensland for the coming week.

Tides are expected to remain higher than normal and exceed the high water mark on the high tide over the next few days. This will cause inundation in low lying areas on the high tide.

People in affected areas should:

  • Avoid driving, walking or riding through floodwaters
  • Take care on roads, especially in heavy downpours
  • Avoid swimming in swollen rivers and creeks
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines

Contact the SES on 132 500 for emergency assistance if required.

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