Queensland on Flood Alert

Warnings of tidal floods, heavy rain and strong winds have been issued for residents along Australia’s north Queensland coast.

A Tropical Cyclone (likely to be named Tropical Cyclone Dylan) formed off the coast yesterday and is expected to head south west towards Queensland and make landfall some time on 30 January 2014. The city of Townsville, about 300km south of Cairns, is one of the most likely points of landfall, although there is a cyclone warning current for every town and city between Port Douglas and Mackay.

A king tide of around 4.12 metres is forecast to hit the coast at the same time, making severe tidal flooding an increased possibility. Heavy rainfall is also predicted, with figure likely to be between 100mm and 200mm, although possibly as high as 400mm in some places, making river flooding highly likely. Flash flood warnings for all coastal rivers between Port Douglas and St Lawrence. Some areas of inland Queensland may well be glad to see some heavy rain after a long drought.

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Sources: Brisbane Times