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Qld weather: Search to resume for woman missing in far north Qld

THE search for a woman missing in far north Queensland floodwaters was set to resume this morning.

The 34-year-old has not been seen since walking into fast-flowing Wallaby Creek at Rossville, north of Cairns, as she travelled home around 6pm on Thursday. Authorities started searching for her on Friday after friends reported her missing. They were set to resume the search this morning.

media_cameraA monsoonal trough has brought heavy rain to Cairns and the far north. Above is a flooded Freshwater Creek at Goomboora Park in Brinsmead. Picture: Brendan Radke

Parts of the far north region have received more than 400mm of rainfall in the past week, with flood warnings in place for the Daintree and Mossman rivers.

It comes as northern Queensland braces for a potential cyclone in coming days if a monsoon trough moving south towards Australia gets stronger.

The Bureau of Meteorology says a cyclone watch could begin for the Cape York Peninsula as early as this morning if the unstable trough develops into a tropical low over water.

Mike Woods waited for a break in the weather to fly his drone to capture the Walsh’s Pyramid waterfall on Wednesday. Flood warnings remain in effect for many Far North Queensland river catchments as heavy rain continues to fall.

Drone footage of Walsh’s Pyramid waterfall

Parts of far north Queensland have endured their wettest December on record following a week of heavy rain on the tropical north coast and peninsula districts.

A flood watch has been issued for areas north of Cardwell, which has had its wettest December on record with 1031mm.

Cairns and Cooktown have recorded their wettest December since 1975. The region could be again inundated with rain if the tropical low develops as the bureau expects it to.

“It’s all about to ramp again with the monsoon trough coming down over the peninsula and tropical lows developing over the next couple of days,” BOM forecaster Gordon Banks said.

Heavy rain has prompted flood warnings in Far North Queensland and Darwin, as thunderstorms are forecast to sweep across the region into 2019.

Parts of Far North Queensland, including the Daintree and Mossman River, have also been told to brace for major flooding.

The state’s south is bracing for dry, hot weather with Charleville expected to reach a top of 39 degrees on Thursday.

Image: News Corp Australia

Far North Qld braces for storms and major flooding


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