A teenager missing in the floods in Qld, the north on alert | Islander


A teenage girl is still missing more than 24 hours after she disappeared from the floodwaters after torrential rains from a former tropical cyclone hit the Wide Bay area.

The police resumed the search for the 14-year-old, taken in a car with a 40-year-old man near Booubyjan, near Gympie, in the early hours of Saturday.

More than 38 people have been rescued since Tropical Cyclone Seth crossed the coast on Friday and dumped more than 600mm of rain over parts of the Mary River watershed on Saturday.

The river is expected to peak in the regional centers of Gympie and Maryborough on Sunday, with Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk summoning the Queensland Disaster Management Committee to respond.

The girl and man both managed to get out of the car before it was whisked away near the Burnett Highway, but only the man was found hanging from a tree.

A 22-year-old man from the Sunshine Coast was found dead in his submerged uterus earlier Saturday morning after being washed away in a torrent on Friday night.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned that flood waters could reach 14m at Gympie, two meters above a moderate flood level, on Sunday.

Downstream at Maryborough, a major peak of 10.5m is expected, 20cm below a record flooding peak in 2013 when rains from former tropical cyclone Oswald submerged much of the region. Wide Bay.

“River levels are high and widespread moderate to heavy flooding is occurring in the Mary River watershed,” the BoM said in a statement on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Queensland’s distant coast from Cape Grenville to Cape Tribulation is under cyclonic watch with an active tropical depression in the Coral Sea.

The forecaster said the slow moving system was currently blowing sustained winds of 55 km / h with gusts of up to 85 km / h about 365 km northeast of Cooktown.

The low is expected to start moving toward the coast later in the day with the potential for it to develop into a Category 1 cyclone in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The BoM said it could cause gales with gusts of up to 100 km / h, unusually high tides, big waves and heavy rain between the settlements of Lockhardt River and Cooktown.

There is also a risk that the system will intensify further once past Cape York and entered the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Associated Australian Press


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