Australia climate: Rain, flooding to hit Queensland, NT, NSW as ex-cyclone Kirrily lingers

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Queenslanders have been urged to brace for “life-threatening” flooding as ex-cyclone Kirrily continues to wreak havoc on communities within the Gulf Nation — all whereas one other potential cyclone brews off the coast.

A flood watch is in place for elements of the Gulf of Carpentaria and western Queensland, with flood warnings starting from minor to main for greater than 20 rivers and creeks.

Between 150mm and 250mm of rain is predicted to fall on some areas in simply 24 hours, with remoted totals of 300mm or greater.

Main flooding is predicted at Condamine, Warkon and Walkers Bend over the weekend and into early subsequent week.

Some areas have already seen heavy rains and intense wind.

A staggering 332mm fell at Westmoreland Station, close to the Queensland-NT border, within the 24 hours to 9am on Friday, whereas 150mm fell at Mornington Island Airport.

Gale power winds have been additionally recorded on the island’s airport, with a peak gust of 94 km/h at 7:35am on Friday.

Three states in firing line

The storm entrance attributable to Kirrily is predicted emigrate farther south by means of the weekend, bringing heavy rain and floods to elements of the NT and NSW in addition to Queensland.

Within the NT, flooding is feasible for the Nicholson, Barkly and Georgina rivers and Settlement and Eyre creeks, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning some communities might change into remoted by floodwaters.

“Important river and stream rises are potential with heavy rainfall throughout the flood watch space within the subsequent few days,” the BOM warned.

“Many roads, and probably main and secondary highways, could also be affected. Some communities and homesteads might change into remoted.”

An preliminary flood warning was additionally issued on Friday afternoon for the far west of NSW, attributable to Kirrily and a recent inland trough.

“This trough might doubtlessly carry vital rain to some western areas, earlier than the system weakens and shifts to the state’s east on Tuesday,” the BOM stated.

Minor flooding is predicted on NSW’s Paroo, Warrego and Barwon rivers and Cooper Creek.

Second cyclone brewing

In the meantime, yet one more potential cyclone is brewing off Australia’s east coast.

A low stress system shaped off the island of Ok’gari on Thursday, with an opportunity it may kind right into a tropical cyclone.

The system is predicted to start transferring west throughout the Coral Sea in the direction of northern Queensland subsequent week, with a low (10-15 per cent) probability it would develop right into a cyclone from Wednesday and a reasonable (25-35 per cent) probability from Thursday.

Nevertheless, “at this stage, there may be sufficient uncertainty to take the forecast of a tropical cyclone with a big grain of salt,” the BOM stated.

“It’s greatest to concentrate on however not alarmed by this method.”