Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of North Tropical Coast and Tablelands Forecast District.

Issued at 4:45 pm Thursday, 18 February 2021.

ONSHORE HEAVY RAINFALL ABOUT THE NORTH TROPICAL COAST THIS EVENING MAY LEAD TO FLASH AND RIVERINE FLOODING.
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Weather Situation: Onshore flow is producing persistent showers and isolated thunderstorms across the North Tropical Coast, enhanced by an offshore trough and an upper trough over the state. Rainfall is expected to increase through the evening and overnight into Friday.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is expected this evening and overnight between Gordonvale and Hinchinbrook Island, with 6 hourly rainfall totals of 150 to 250mm.

Periods of HEAVY RAINFALL are expected to continue into Friday morning.

There is a Moderate Flood Warning for the Tully and Murray Rivers, and a Minor Flood Warning for the upper Herbert river, with a broader Flood Watch for the North Tropical Coast between Rollingstone and Cooktown.

Locations which may be affected include Mission Beach, Innisfail, Cardwell, Tully and Babinda.

South Mission Beach recorded 198 mm in the 6 hours to 11:05pm on Wednesday, and 271 mm in the 12 hours to 3:15am on Thursday.

Tully recorded 111 mm in the 2 hours to 11:15pm on Wednesday, 233 mm in the 12 hours to 02:35am on Thursday.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.