CHANGED ROAD CONDITIONS:
Kennedy Highway/Kuranda Range: Road is currently clear
Holloways Beach and Machans Beach access Roads: no further reports of water across the road
Pine Creek Road Yarrabah: Minimal water across the road, conditions may change later this evening with tidal changes.
Peet’s Bridge Gordonvale: Water levels continuing to rise.
EARLIER UPDATE: 9.55AM
CHANGED ROAD CONDITIONS
Kennedy Highway Kuranda Range: Traffic has been reduced to one lane due to a tree falling on the road near Rainforest Station at around 8am. Traffic control measures are in place, motorists should expect lengthy delays.
Holloways Beach and Machans Beach access roads: water over the roads, currently affected by high tide.
Pine Creek Road Yarrabah: Water over the road currently affecting access to Yarrabah
Peet’s Bridge Gordonvale: Water rising
Motorists are being urged to take caution on the roads as massive downpours across the region finally bring much-needed wet season rain.
A large tree has fallen across the highway on the Kuranda Range near Rainforestation, with police this morning issuing a warning to motorists to slow down on the roads.
More than 120 mm of rain was recorded at Cairns Airport between 3am and 9am, with heavy rain forecast for later today before easing for the remainder of the week.
"Please be advised we’ve had significant rain overnight and with that there is a lot of surface water on roads including Pine Creek Yarrabah Road, Gordonvale to Yarrabah, Toogood Road, Woree and Bruce Highway near Edmonton," a police spokesperson said early this morning.
"Also the Kuranda Range has seen a large tree fall across the highway on the Kuranda side of Rainforestation with one lane is operating under traffic control. Motorists are urged to slow down and drive to the conditions of the roads and be patient. With the inundation of heavy rain over the past days, culverts and drains are full."
The past 48 hours have been welcome relief after one of the driest starts to the wet season in years.
During December, Cairns recorded just over 26mm for the month, the driest December since 1951.
Weather forecasters note the recent rain isn't actually the start of the wet season, with predictions it won't arrive until February.
The Babinda Boulders received one of the biggest downpours of the past 24 hours, recording a staggering 279mm since 9am yesterday morning.