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Ex-Cyclone Jasper continues to impact Queensland
22 December 2023
Far North Queensland is facing renewed flood threats as the effects of ex-cyclone Jasper linger a
week after it hit the coast.
The NEMBC News reported yesterday, the remote town of Kowanyama will see heavy rainfall, and
Wujal Wujal is undergoing continued evacuations.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Queensland Premier Steven Miles are planning a Friday visit
to assess the flood-hit areas.
While 35 communities are isolated, there is relief that there have been no reported fatalities.
However, concerns continue for an 85-year-old man near Wujal Wujal, who has been missing since
Crocodile sightings in floodwaters have prompted warnings, and locals have been cautioned
about potential scams and looting.
Recovery efforts are underway, with power restoration targeted to be completed by Christmas
Eve, but a lengthy recovery period is expected.
Record rainfall hits South Australia
Tens of thousands of South Australians were left without power and a major catchment flooded
for the first in 30 years after heavy rain and gale force winds lashed parts of the state over the
The violent weather arrived in the north, west and the Eyre and Yorke peninsulas one day after
extreme heat prompted the Country Fire Service to forecast a catastrophic bushfire danger
On Friday, Cleve residents endured temperatures of almost 35 degrees Celsius before more than
100 millimetres of rain fell on Saturday and Sunday.
On Sunday night Yeldulknie Weir flooded for the first time since 1993.
As reported by the ABC network, Cleve Mayor Phil Cameron said the rain fell constantly rather
than in a burst, which limited the impact to a few road closures.
"Thank God the rainfall was long and slow," he said.
"The tanks are full — most of the locals will be out at Yeldulknie Weir, having a poke around and
seeing an event that rarely happens.
"The majority of farmers should be reasonably happy because it was a long, soaking rain.
Widespread power outages
At one point today more than 30,000 people were without power, according to SA Power
The outages affected schools in Melrose, Booleroo, Wilmington and Orroroo, Clare Valley and
Blyth, some of which were forced to close.
Hospitals at Orroroo Centre and Booleroo also lost power and relied on back-up generators.
The State Emergency Service (SES) has responded to about 900 jobs over the weekend — more
than 700 jobs overnight and today — largely caused by fallen trees.
'Perfect' timing for farmers
Outback communities and farmers, are celebrating what could be the start of a good season for
Gillian Fennell, from Lambina Station in the far north, said the 28mm that fell at her farm was a
"We're coming out of a really dry period," she said.
"We're really pleased to take a bit of the pressure off coming into what we think is going to be a
really hot summer.
"We will see some really good grass growth and those things that really replenish the landscape."
The beef farmer said the rain had come at the "perfect time of the year".
Weather damages cherry crops
The rain has caused concern for many farmers in the midst of their busiest harvest period,
including Adelaide Hills cherry grower Tony Hannaford.
"We picked madly for several days when it became apparent it was going to rain," he said.
"Small rain over several days can do as much damage to cherries as a big rain in short period.
Mr Hannaford said South Australians could expect to see less cherries on the market.
Adelaide, South Australia