Down, but not out: Ex TC Penny still bringing extreme weather

RACQ has urged residents in far north Queensland to remain vigilant as Ex Tropical Cyclone Penny continued to bring heavy rain, damaging winds and high tides.

The Bureau of Meteorology reported the system had moved eastwards across Cape York Peninsula and offshore into the northwest Coral sea, and there was a high chance it would reform.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said residents needed to remain alert to the conditions around them as severe weather conditions were still battering the far north.

“A flood watch remains current for Cape York Peninsula catchments and road flooding is still a real possibility, so drivers need to be alert to unexpected flash flooding,” Ms Hunter said.

“With these conditions, roads can be clear one minute and flooded the next, and you don’t want to be caught out. Even if you’re familiar with the roads in the area – if you don’t need to be on them today, stay put.

“If need to travel, check the road conditions, and have a clear path mapped out before starting the engine and stay off back roads not familiar to you.”

Ms Hunter said while there had been some reports of minor property damage, RACQ Insurance was yet to receive any claims.

“At this stage it looks like the impact on property in Weipa and surrounding regions when the system crossed the coast yesterday is minimal,” she said.

“We’d urge anyone who’s yet to make a claim to start the process as soon as possible as we are unable to help you until we know you need help.”