More than 600mm dumped on far north Queenlsand

MORE than 600mm of rain has been dumped on far north Queensland in the past 48 hours with roads cuts, towns isolated and helicopters to fly in urgent medical supplies.

News Ltd reported more than 300mm of rain had fallen in Tully overnight as ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald crossed the coastline.

"Around Tully we're seeing up to 334mm since 7pm yesterday, and 632mm in the past 48 hours," a senior forecaster told the Courier-Mail.

"There has been record rain at Weipa with its heaviest rain day on record with 322mm and 357mm at Scherger, both since 9am yesterday."

Oswald was promptly downgraded after crossing the coastline.

The weather bureau reported the category one system made landfall between the Aboriginal communities of Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama about 1am (AEDT).

Further north, Weipa felt wind gusts of up to 90 kilometres an hour.

The ABC reported that Kowanyama's airport was closed after torrential rain damaged the runway, while Pormpuraaw's airstrip is flooded.

In an advice issued at 5.10am Wednesday, the weather bureau said Oswald was located over land near Cooktown, and is expected to move slowly southwards over land during the next few days.

"Strong to gale force monsoon flow exists over eastern Gulf waters.

Gale Warning for for Northeast Gulf Waters

NW to SW winds 30 to 40 knots east of 140.5E, easing to 25 to 33 knots by evening. NW to SW 25 to 30 knots west of 140.5E. Seas 2.5 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres east of 140.5E. A 2.5 to 3 metre W'ly swell. Squally monsoonal rain areas with gusts to 40 knots, increasing to 50 knots east of 140.5E.

Strong Wind Warning for Southeast Gulf Waters

North of Pormpuraaw and east of 140.5E W to SW 25 to 33 knots. Seas to 3 metres. Squally monsoonal rain areas with gusts to 40 knots.

Winds are expected to decrease below 26 knots late evening.



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