'Remain vigilant': Fears of more cyclones to come as Queensland hit by floods

·News Reporter
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More cyclones could be on the way in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Kimi.

TC Kimi weakened into a tropical low on Tuesday morning after bringing with it heavy wind and rain on Monday to Queensland’s coast.

Areas around Innisfail, north of Townsville, received up to 35mm up until 9am AEST on Tuesday as the system continued to move northwest.

Southeast Queensland received far more intense rainfall though from a series of storms with Redlands receiving 191mm and Mount Tamborine 116mm up until 9am on Tuesday while some Brisbane suburbs copped about 35mm.

A car sits over guardrails in Thornlands, Queensland.
A woman escaped floodwaters after becoming trapped in her car in Thornlands, east of Brisbane. Source: 7News

In Thornlands, south of Brisbane, a woman became trapped in floodwaters after a creek bed beneath a roadway overflowed on Monday about 7.30pm.

Queensland Ambulance Services said she was checked by paramedics but did not need hospitalisation. She was, however, trapped on the roof of her car for about an hour, 7News reported.

RACQ said there were 15 swift-water rescues with 15 people pulled from their cars.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the tropical low still has wind gusts of up to 95km/h and will bring heavy downpours to the region with a flood warning for rivers between Innisfail and Bowen on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Storm clouds seen on the Gold Coast.
Rain moves in on the Gold Coast on Monday. Source: 7News

Ex-tropical cyclone Kimi still poses risk

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Assistant Commissioner John Bolger says ex-tropical cyclone Kimi still poses a risk and people should remain vigilant.

"We're still well within a severe weather event – very strong winds, and a lot of heavy rain - so that flash flooding and general flooding warning remains in place," he told Seven's Sunrise program on Tuesday morning.

"So we ask people to remain vigilant and can I just please stress to people that if it's flooded, forget it."

"We still have emergency response crews in place, south from Cairns and north from Townsville, so the emergency still exists, while we're not dealing with a tropical cyclone we're still in a very dangerous weather pattern."

A weather map of Queensland.
Rainfall in some parts of Queensland could total more than 100mm by the end of the week. Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Two more cyclones could form

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster David Grant said the risk could intensify with a monsoon trough possibly hitting the region over the weekend and next week.

He also said it was possible that another cyclone could form in the next two weeks.

"We just have to be mindful that Mother Nature hasn't quite turned the tap off just yet," Mr Grant told reporters.

"There could be further rainfall around the state's far north and the east in the coming week, and yeah, we may be talking about cyclones once again sometime in the next week or two."

Cars in Queensland floodwaters.
RACQ said five people had to be rescued after driving through floodwaters. Source: Nine News

BOM meteorologist Jonathan How added the current system “proved to be erratic” in its movement and development.

Mr How said while the system won’t have “a significant impact” as it moves north, heavy rainfall is still possible.

“Catchments are saturated and river rises may still occur over the coming days,” he said.

Some areas including Townsville, Ayr, Port Douglas and Cairns could have up to more than 200mm of rainfall by Thursday.

At this stage, Cairns could have a total of about 95mm by the end of Friday with 45mm falling on Thursday.

Weatherzone meteorologist Joel Pippard said the second cyclone could develop by Sunday around New Caledonia before going in circles around the Coral Sea.

“Models are kind of all over the place at the moment with what it might do,” he said.

“It’s certainly one to watch when there’s a tropical cyclone in the region.”

A weather map shows a cyclone on in WA.
A cyclone can be seen impacting WA, according to this forecasting model from Windy.com. Source: Windy.com

Tropical low off WA’s Kimberley coast

Mr Pippard added a tropical low has developed off the coast of Western Australia north of the Kimberley Region.

BOM said “the system is forecast to strengthen in a favourable environment, with the ratings increasing to moderate for Wednesday and high for Thursday”.

“The system is expected to track generally southwest, staying offshore from the west Kimberley coast, before approaching the Pilbara coast on Friday or Saturday,” BOM said.

with AAP

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