SWIFT water rescue crews are on standby on Queensland's northern tropical coast, after the weather bureau issued a flood warning overnight Tuesday.
Coastal areas between Townsville and Cairns are in for a drenching in the next 24 hours, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, with up to 250 millimetres tipped to fall in some parts.
Ingham, Innisfail, Cardwell, Tully, Rollingstone and Babinda are expected to bear the brunt of the extremely heavy rainfall that will build into Tuesday and continue overnight before easing on Wednesday.
The bureau issued a flood watch alert for residents just after midnight on Tuesday, with particular emphasis on residents or workers near rivers and creeks remaining vigilant.
Rollingstone had already received 132 millimetres in the six hours leading up to 4.30am Tuesday, according to the bureau.
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