Queensland in weather emergency as two ex-cyclones hammer state

A second person is missing in floodwaters as Queensland reels from the impact of two dangerous weather systems.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said today that a 52-year-old man had gone missing after a family went out looking for their livestock on the Mary River near Tiaro in the Fraser Coast region.

She said two “female persons” had got into some trouble in floodwaters but had recovered, but the man was missing.

A second person is missing in Queensland’s Fraser Coast floods. (Facebook)

A 14-year-old girl is also missing after being swept away in floodwaters four days ago.

Commissioner Carroll said the search for her would continue.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the former governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey had accepted the position of recovery coordinator for the flood-devastated Fraser Coast.

The premier said Mr de Jersey will be “out and about talking to people and making sure they get the support they need”.

Tropical Cyclone Tiffany made landfall yesterday on the eastern coast of Cape York Peninsula, before weakening to a tropical low as it moved west.

Weatherzone’s Ben Domensino said the winds had decreased, but rainfalls of 100mm to 200mm had been recorded in the past 48 hours.

Queensland is facing a weather emergency with heavy rain sparking flood warnings. (Queensland Fire and Emergency /Twitter)

“That system is drawing in moisture from the Coral Sea,” he told Today.

“This morning it’s just starting to move off that west coast of the Cape York Peninsula into the Gulf of Carpentaria. We are still seeing heavy rain and potentially severe thunderstorms.”

Rainfall will remain the main threat from the weather system, with parts of Queensland said to see a further 50mm to 100mm in coming days.

Flood warnings are still in place, with potential minor flooding a danger along the rivers.

Mr Domensino said it would be the Northern Territory’s turn next, with the tropical low likely to return to a category two or three tropical cyclone thanks to the warmth of the water in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

It is set to hit the eastern Top End on Wednesday, moving across to the west through to Friday.

“We could be seeing several days of heavy rain over the Top End, potentially 100mm to 300mm,” Mr Domensino said.

“If it sticks around we could see half a metre of rain. That means widespread flooding over the Top End with roads cut off for some communities.

Multiple rescues have been carried out in recent days, in the Fraser Coast region with communities now facing a massive clean-up after widespread flooding.

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The Fraser Coast has seen heavy flooding. (9News)

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth brought about 700mm of rain to the region last week, with some locations receiving more than 600mm of rain in just 24 hours.

“This is some of the heaviest daily rain we have seen anywhere in Australia since 2018,” Mr Domensino said.

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“Thankfully, that system has dissipated.”

While rainfall levels were not anticipated to repeat last week’s highs, thunderstorms could return mid-week, and flood warnings remain in place for the region.

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