/ 12 May 2022

Torrential rain in Queensland turns deadly

Image source: Queensland Police
Image source: Queensland Police

A 31yo woman has died in floodwaters as a severe weather system moves down the state’s coast. Police say the woman from Calen, north of Mackay, was driving when she was swept away by floodwaters. Two passengers escaped and called for help. The rain was worst around the tropical north coast yesterday morning, and the worst flooding occurred near Townsville after about 250mm of rain was in the last 36 hours. “It’s really becoming more of a sort of eastern and south-eastern focus for the next few days,” Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Harry Clark said, with 2-thirds of the state on flood watch. Brisbane will cop it, with up to 45mm expected today carrying through to the weekend and Gold Coast beaches have been closed. “Don’t travel unnecessarily on the roads during this weather” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said yesterday. Later today, the weather bureau will provide an update on the La Niña weather pattern that’s brought so much rain to the east coast this summer.

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