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Deluge drowns Queensland with more on the way

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Queensland is facing days of heavy rain, with a severe weather warning in place for the state's north east.

Currently a wet weather system is stretching from Herbert to the Whitsundays in the state's north.

It's expected to track south and hit Mackay early this afternoon.

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Overnight, the heaviest falls were around Townsville, Bowen, and Ayr. 

Lake Proserpine recorded 280mm of rain in 24 hours.

Hamilton Island recorded 234mm in 24 hours, an 18-year record.

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A severe weather warning is in place from Townsville down to Mackay.

Rescuers have been kept busy as well, with three people including two teenagers rescued from a swollen river in Palm Grove.

They were clinging to a tree for an hour before they could be helped, and they remain in hospital in a stable condition.

Major roads including the Bruce Highway have also been cut off, forcing truckies and other drivers to pull over to the side of the road and wait.

Minor to moderate flood warnings are in place as of this morning, but that is expected to change as the weather intensified.

Forecasters are also expecting big tides later this week, which could cause major issues.



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