Flash flooding likely as ex-Tc Penny returns

RACQ has urged residents in far north Queensland to be on alert with ex-Tropical Cyclone Penny predicted to reach the coast today and would bring heavy rainfall and damaging winds.

The Bureau of Meteorology had predicted the system could cross the coast between Townsville and Bowen as a tropical low late on Tuesday.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said flooding was a real possibility and drivers should remain vigilant about the risks.

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“There’s a severe weather warning in place for coastal regions between Alva Beach and Sarina for damaging winds and heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding,” Ms Hunter said.

“This region has already experienced a lot of rain, so while there was currently no road closures, routes could be clear one minute and flooded the next – and you don’t want to be caught out.

“With damaging winds also on the cards, drivers also need to watch out for fallen trees and powerlines. Even if you’re familiar with the roads in the area, if you don’t need to be on them today, stay put.

“If you absolutely must travel, be sure to check our Road Conditions website before setting off – and if you come across a flooded road, never attempt to drive through it.”