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Australia issues ‘life-threatening’ flood warning as 362mm of rain showers town in one day

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Stony Creek in North Queensland faced 362mm of rainfall on Wednesday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Over a third of the rain, around 131mm, fell inside the 60 minutes between 8pm and 9pm.

Local news outlets report the total amount of rainfall equates to more than half of what the city of Melbourne can expect in an entire year.

Other areas of Australia were also showered this week.

Mona Mona, on Queensland’s north east coast, even saw 67mm in just one hour.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued 15 flood and weather warnings.

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It also said: “Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding and damaging winds over the next several hours in parts of the North Tropical Coast and Tablelands, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders and Herbert and Lower Burdekin districts.”

But forecasters blamed warm and very heavy air mass for the “strong, slow moving tropical thunderstorms”.

In the last few hours, the Bureau posted on social media to update Queenslanders about the conditions.

They said: “Severe Weather Warning: Heavy rainfall developing for the northeast coast.

“Locations include #Townsville, #PalmIsland, #Ingham, #Ayr, #Bowen, #ChartersTowers, #Collinsville, #Giru and #Lucinda.

“A Flood Watch for the area is also current.”

They added just one hour later: “Severe storms with heavy rainfall and flash flooding possible for northeast coast between #Cooktown and #Bowen.

“Locally intense rainfall from #Ayr to #Ingham possible.

“Heavy rainfall also a risk for SW and NW QLD.”

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However, heavy rainfall had been welcomed in parts of Queensland after the state was hit by drought.

According to ABC news, grazier Corbett Tritton, from Silver Hills, which recorded 59mm of rain, said: “We are just over the moon.

“It’s absolutely terrific.

“It’s a beautiful, steady rain.

“Our country has been so dry, you don’t want one big hit which causes those devastating floods.”

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