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But scientists say climate change has pushed up land and sea temperatures and led to more extremely hot days and severe fire seasons.

But that was before dam releases doubled to their maximum level in anticipation of more rain, sending nearly 2000 cubic metres of water per second charging out of the Ross River Dam.

According to a measure at Townsville airport, the area has received a record breaking 1,158 mm of rain in the past week and Australian Army personnel have been called in to help residents cope.

"If the rain continues overnight and into tomorrow, if we keep going the way we are today, we are talking about 10,000 to 20,000 homes", Chief Superintendent Steve Munro told reporters.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has gone to the disaster zone and is expected to provide an update from Townsville at about 6.30am.

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One of the city's five evacuation centres is now full and unable to accept any more evacuees, and crocodiles have been spotted outside suburban homes.

Deputy Commissioner Bob Gee urged residents to register their safety so family and friends knew they were safe.

While authorities have this morning been unable to confirm the number of rescues performed overnight, it's understood there were at least two swiftwater rescues, including the one involving police officers.

More than 1,100 people have been evacuated from Townsville in what has been described as a "once in a century" flood.

Schools and courts remain closed, more rain is on the way and emergency warnings still in effect for more than a dozen rivers.

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"Crocodiles may be seen crossing roads, and when flooding recedes, crocodiles can turn up in unusual places such as farm dams or waterholes where they have not been seen before", Queensland Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said in a statement. Grocery store chain Woolworths said it was sending in food supplies by barge, while supermarket chain Coles was flying stocks into Cairns and trucking them to Townsville.

Mayor Jenny Hill said it was impossible to provide complete certainty about rainfall levels and urged residents to follow directions from emergency services. This is why we did this and we asked people to move to higher ground, secure their premises and move.

The north-east Austra-lian city of Townsville could face tornadoes, just as it is being hit by devastating floods, the authorities said.

Landslides were reported with more possible in the worst-hit areas, the Bureau of Meteorology said Monday, warning of further "intense rainfall" and "significant flash flooding" along the eastern shore. "From what I can tell, they've done everything from the book", she said, saying the peak was yet to come in the next day or two.

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