Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 1:01 pm EST on Thursday 21 April 2022 Flood Watch Number: 2


A surface trough located over the northwestern Coral Sea is forecast to deepen while moving onto the northeast tropical coast late Thursday. The trough is expected to deepen further and become slow-moving on Friday before shifting north of Cairns early on Saturday.

The Flood Watch area has been extended further south to include coastal catchments down to the Whitsunday Islands, including the Townsville area.

Catchments are slowly wetting up during Thursday from rain areas and isolated thunderstorms across parts of the Flood Watch area.

Areas of heavy to very heavy rainfall is forecast from Thursday evening and into Friday to mainly coastal areas from the Whitsunday Islands to the Daintree. Daily totals up to 200 mm are forecast, with isolated higher totals in excess of 300 mm possible with areas of heavy rainfall particularly to the Cassowary Coast.

A Severe weather Warning is current for heavy rainfall, and locally intense rainfall to develop Thursday evening.

Areas of minor flooding is likely from Friday, with higher levels and at least moderate flooding possible at isolated locations. This rainfall is expected to cause disruption to transport routes within the Flood Watch area.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Daintree River

Mossman River

Barron River

Mulgrave and Russell Rivers

Johnstone River

Tully River

Murray River

Herbert River

Black River

Ross and Bohle Rivers

Haughton River

Belyando and Suttor Rivers to Burdekin Falls Dam

Cape River to Burdekin Falls Dam

Burdekin River to Burdekin Falls Dam

Burdekin River downstream of Burdekin Falls Dam

Don and Proserpine Rivers

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Flood Safety Advice:
This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings.
Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

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