Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 12:13 pm EST on Wednesday 11 March 2020

Flood Watch Number: 3

Flooding is possible from late Wednesday across parts of the Flood Watch area.

Widespread heavy rainfall is expected during Wednesday and Thursday, associated with the expected development of a tropical system in the Coral Sea.

The heaviest rainfall is expected to be very coastal, with rainfall totals significantly lower inland. Rainfall is expected to largely clear the Flood Watch area by early Friday as the tropical system moves southeastwards away from the Queensland coast.

Catchments within the Flood Watch area are relatively wet from rainfall over recent weeks and will therefore be more responsive to heavy rainfall, with riverine flooding possible from late Wednesday.

Parts of the Cassowary Coast and coastal areas within the Whitsundays recorded significant rainfall in the 24 hours to 9am Wednesday. Rainfall totals in excess of 200 mm were recorded at several locations in the lower Herbert catchment, including approximately 340 mm at Allingham.

Localised flooding and disruption to transport routes is possible throughout the Flood Watch area, particularly in the areas of heaviest rainfall.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Jardine River
Ducie, Jackson and Skardon Rivers
Wenlock River
Embley and Mission Rivers
Watson River
Archer and Coen Rivers
Holroyd and Kendall Rivers
Coleman and Edward Rivers
Mitchell River
Staaten River
Jacky Jacky Creek
Olive and Pascoe Rivers
Lockhart River
Stewart River
Normanby River
Jeannie River
Endeavour River
Daintree River
Mossman River
Barron River
Mulgrave and Russell Rivers
Johnstone River
Tully River
Murray River
Herbert River
Black River
Ross and Bohle Rivers(A Minor Flood Warning is current for the Bohle River at the time of issue)
Haughton River
Burdekin River to Burdekin Falls Dam
Burdekin River downstream of Burdekin Falls Dam
Don and Proserpine Rivers

Riverine flooding is no longer expected in the Pioneer River.

See to view the current flood and cyclone products for Queensland.

For more information on the Flood Watch Service:

Flood Safety Advice:
This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Current emergency information is available at

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 219 at a low call cost of 27.5 cents, more from mobile, public and satellite phones.

Warning, rainfall and river information are available at

Rainfall and River Conditions Map