Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of North Tropical Coast and Tablelands and Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:41 am Thursday, 21 April 2022.

HEAVY, LOCALLY INTENSE RAINFALL TO DEVELOP OVER THE NORTHEAST TROPICAL COAST AND RANGES FROM THIS EVENING.

Weather Situation: A surface trough located over the northwestern Coral Sea is forecast to deepen while moving onto the northeast tropical coast late today. The trough is expected to deepen further and become slow-moving on Friday leading to an enhancement of very moist and unstable onshore flow, before shifting north of Cairns early on Saturday.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is forecast for the northeast tropical coast between the Daintree and Rollingstone from this evening and is likely to continue through Friday. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 150 to 200 mm are likely, reaching up to 250 mm over the coast and ranges.

Localised INTENSE RAINFALL leading to DANGEROUS AND LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODING is also possible during this period with six-hourly totals in excess of 300 mm, particularly about the Cassowary Coast on Friday.

A separate Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued if very dangerous thunderstorms with intense rainfall are detected.

A Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Rollingstone and the Daintree.

Locations which may be affected include Palm Island, Ingham, Innisfail, Cairns, Yarrabah, Port Douglas and Mossman.

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.