Tropical Cyclone Nathan brought flooding rainfall to northeastern Queensland, Australia late last week, but has since pulled away from the coast allowing for dry weather to return. However, later this week, Nathan could bring the return of rain to northeastern Queensland threatening the region once again with flooding rainfall.
After the most recent round of rain last week, many rivers in northeastern Queensland spilled out of their banks causing flooding. 245 mm (9.64 inches) of rain fell in just 24 hours in Weipa from Thursday into Friday.
Most flood water across the region has receded over the weekend and according to the Australia Bureau of Meteorology, river gauges across eastern Queensland are below flood level.
Nathan is expected to move very slowly across the Coral Sea through the first half of the week. While sitting over the warm water of the Coral Sea Nathan is expected to gain strength equivalent to that of a category one hurricane.
The concern comes during the second half of the week when the cyclone is expected to make a turn to the west and could once again near the northeastern Australia coast.
If Nathan moves close enough to the coast later in the week, flooding may threaten for a second time in areas from Cairns to Mackay, depending on the exact track of the storm. Since rivers are already running high from the recent heavy rain, flooding could quickly become a concern. Strong wind could also cause damage along the coast.