Australia – Flood Warnings in Queensland After Cyclone Trevor Dumps 300mm of Rain

Flood warnings have been issued in Queensland, Australia, after Tropical Cyclone Trevor dumped more than 300mm of rain in 24 hours.

Tropical Cyclone Trevor over northern Queensland, March 2019. Image; NASA

Storm Trevor made landfall along the east coast of Cape York Peninsula during the afternoon (local time) on 19 March. Cape York Peninsula is a large remote peninsula located in Far North Queensland, Australia.

Dr Adam Morgan, Senior Meteorologist at Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said in a statement of 20 March that Lockhart River saw wind gusts to 137 km/h and recorded 302 mm of rain in the 24 hours to early 20 March. He added that “Trevor is currently tracking close to Aurukun and will push off into the Gulf of Carpentaria.”

High tides are expected along the northern Queensland coast. Heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding is forecast across far north Queensland for the next few days.

Queensland Police said that an Emergency Alert message has been issued by Aurukun Shire Council to the Aurukun community.

The message advises the community that they will be affected by Tropical Cyclone Trevor and will be affected by strong winds and heavy rainfall throughout the day. Residents are advised to stay inside until the cyclone has passed.

BOM said that a “Flood Watch has been re-issued for catchments north of Innisfail to Kowanyama. River levels will remain high across parts of the Cape York Peninsula for at least the next few days.”

Predicted track of Tropical Cyclone Trevor. Image; BOM

Social Media