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Imogen puts North Queensland on flood alert

Christian Fernsby |
North-eastern regions in Queensland are on flood alert as ex-Tropical Cyclone Imogen sweeps across the Sunshine State.

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Flood warnings are in place from Cooktown, north of Cairns, to Ayr, south of Townsville, as the tropical low continues to dump heavy rain.

The Bureau of Meteorology is warning 300 millimetres could fall in a six hour

eriod around the coast and ranges in the warning area. Damaging and destructive winds are also possible with thunderstorms about coastal areas.

Locations which may be affected include Townsville, Ingham, Cardwell, Ayr, Giru, Atherton, Ravenshoe, Greenvale and Charters Towers.

Meteorologist Pieter Claassen said severe storms were on the cards for Brisbane's west and eastern Darling Downs on Wednesday, with significant rainfall, dangerous wind gusts and hail possible.

"A trough will then move through to the south-east coast on Thursday, cooling things down and delivering more widespread showers," he said.

"It depends on the timing as to whether we get any storms in Brisbane on Thursday, but it will be quite cloudy ... with very isolated storm activity, but it's more about the showers on Thursday.

"We could see good rainfall in Brisbane on Thursday, with 20-40 millimetres possible."

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