Australian city threatened by tornadoes after devastating floods

Paddocks have been swamped by the floodwaters

Unprecedented water releases from the city's swollen dam have sent torrents of water down the Ross River and into the city, swamping roads, yards and homes.

While northern tropical regions of Australia experiences rains during this time of the year, the current situation is above normal levels.

The pair had not been located by Monday night despite extensive inquiries with family and friends, and a search of floodwaters and the area has begun as a precaution, police say.

Emergency services tackled thousands of calls from people overnight around the city of Townsville, where evacuation centers were filling up.

More than 1000 calls for help were logged by the State Emergency Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services in the past 24 hours, majority in Townsville.

Over 900 people are in evacuation centers and all local schools have been closed, Palszczuk told Australia's "The Today Show".

The area's River Ross Dam was at over 200 percent capacity by 5pm yesterday.

"I have never seen anything like this", Townsville resident Chris Brookehouse told national broadcaster ABC, adding that his house was flooded with water more than 1m deep.

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

"Dangerous and high velocity flows will occur in the Ross River Sunday night into Monday".

"Townsville, like communities all across the country, bands together in times of crisis and these floods are no different", he said.

Desperate residents had to contend not only with flash flooding, landslides and power blackouts, but also reptilian predators that have been spotted in residential roads and cul-de-sacs. "It was a tough night", the premier said.

"Particularly a number of locations to the west of Townsville where we've seen 1.4 to 1.6 metres of rain - for some locations this is approaching their yearly average in just a week", Mr Narramore said.

"It's basically not just a one in 20-year event, it's a one in 100-year event", state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Saturday, according to 9 News.

The Australian Defence Force delivered 70,000 sandbags, deployed amphibious cargo vehicles and helped rescue residents from rooftops after some areas received a year's worth of rainfall in a week.

Speaking to reporters Monday, Queensland state Prime Minister Anastasia Palaszczuk warned that more rain in Townsville and the surrounding area over the next two days could cause flash flooding.

Food and other supplies are on their way to flood-stricken Townsville as victims contemplate what they've lost and the long, messy clean up ahead.

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