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North Tropical Coast flooding

Ben Domensino, Monday January 9, 2017 - 17:10 AEDT

Rivers are flooding along Queensland's North Tropic Coast after an overnight deluge, with more heavy falls on the way.

A slow-moving low pressure system near the coast has triggered heavy rain and storms in the region during the past few days. Some places picked up more than 500mm of rain during the last 72 hours.

The tropical deluge targeted areas near Tully and Innisfail last night, where Bolinda Estate recorded a whopping 378mm during the 24 hours to 9am today. As a result, the Tully River rose by 4.5 metres in eight hours overnight.

Floodwaters are now travelling downstream and a moderate flood warning was in place for the Tully River at 4pm local time today.

Tonight will bring another soaking with some areas possibly picking up another 100-200mm into Tuesday morning. These falls will be falling onto saturated ground and are likely to cause flooding in some areas.

The low is expected to weaken later in the week, although thunderstorms may continue to bring isolated heavy falls and localised flooding during the coming days.

- Weatherzone

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