Ex-Tropical Cyclone Tiffany expected to re-intensify with parts of Queensland to prepare for heavy rain and strong wind – ABC News

January 11, 2022 by No Comments

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Tiffany is continuing to move west across the Cape York Peninsula with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warning it will “rapidly intensify” overnight.

The cyclone was downgraded to a low-pressure system yesterday after it made landfall on the eastern side of Cape York.

The system dumped significant rainfall in the area, with more than 174 millimetres falling at Craiglie, just south of Port Douglas, in the 24 hours to 5:00am today.

About 100 kilometres to the west, several people were rescued from floodwaters on the Mulligan Highway at Desailly.

Emergency services were called to the scene just after 1:30am, after a car was swept from the roadway.

Queensland Police said the occupants, two women in their 30s and a man in his 20s spent the next three hours clinging to trees, with other motorists keeping lights on them as they waited for emergency services.

A spokesman for the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) said when they arrived the car was completely submerged.

Officers used an inflatable platform to rescue the group, who were then taken to Mareeba Hospital with one treated for shock.

Police Chief Superintendent Chris Hodgman said the group drove past other motorists stopped at floodwaters before attempting to cross.

“We applaud those who are listening to our message and stopping at flooded roads,” he said.

“Those who think they are brave in attempting to cross floodwaters are putting their lives at risk.

“The decision to drive through floodwaters could ultimately cost your life, or the life of those you value.”

A car driving through water at Trinity Beach.(ABC News: Carli Willis)

Another two people were also rescued by members of the public yesterday in Mossman, after their four-wheel-drive was swept off Euluma Creek Road.

Police said the couple in their 80s, attempted to drive through the causeway at about 5:30pm, but the driver lost control of his steering after hitting a submerged object, which pushed the car off the causeway.

Both occupants managed to escape the cabin of the vehicle to the rear tray, where they were rescued by two other locals before emergency services arrived.

Chief Superintendent Hodgman said he was disappointed with the pair’s actions.

“We see motorists take these unnecessary risks every time an event …….

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-11/qld-cyclone-tiffany-reintensify-heavy-rain-wind-cape/100748928

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