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Tropical north Queensland flooding again

Tropical north Queensland is being flooded again, barely a week after the most recent flooding and only a month after Cyclone Yasi hit.

The ground is highly saturated between Townsville and Cairns and cannot take much more, so a lot of this rain is breaching river banks and running across the surface.

Ingham has been one of the wettest spots in the last two days, gaining 280mm. This is on top of the 250mm it had in the last week of February and the 200mm during the passing of Yasi. Since summer began about 1900mm has fallen, about 700mm more than average.

Cairns, which gained about 300mm during Yasi, 500mm during the last week of February and 180mm in the last two days, is also experiencing continued flooding. Cairns had its second wettest February on record with 1050mm.

Cardwell is also suffering again with more than 200mm in the last 24 hours.

An active monsoon is responsible for the most recent rain and will bring further heavy falls in the next day or so.

There’s still a chance for another 200mm or more before the monsoon trough heads north, taking the heaviest rain with it.

It’s fast becoming another wet month. Showers likely each day for another week and a half.

– Weatherzone


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