Feet of rain from Tropical Cyclone Carlos have already inundated Australia's Top End with more rain to come before the cyclone finally departs later this week.
Carlos unleashed 22.24 inches of rain on Darwin, the capital city of Australia's Northern Territory, in 56 hours, ending at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday local time (3 a.m. EST).
The 13.37 inches that fell in 24 hours, ending at 6:30 p.m. EST Tuesday, set a new all-time daily rainfall record. The old record was held by Jan. 3, 1997 and its 11.43 inches.
The torrential rain has inundated homes and streets in and around Darwin. The Associated Press reports that several people had to be rescued from cars that became stalled in flood waters.
Gusty winds, which peaked at 61 mph in Darwin Tuesday morning EST, worsened the situation by downing trees and power lines.
One man sustained injuries after being struck by a falling tree.
Tropical Cyclone Carlos can been seen churning across Australia's Top End in this satellite image from early Wednesday morning EST. The swirl of clouds in the far left is another tropical cyclone, Dianne, which AccuWeather.com International Expert Meteorologist Jim Andrews states "has the potential to quickly become a strong tropical cyclone within the next one to two days." (Satellite image courtesy of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology)
Darwin and other locations across Australia's Top End will be faced with more flooding problems over the next couple of days as Carlos slowly meanders southwestward and unleashes additional torrential rain.
The heavy rain will finally end Friday into Saturday as Carlos shifts into northern Western Australia.
Interaction with land will prevent Carlos from strengthening into a powerful cyclone. However, more damage to trees and power lines may ensue as tropical storm-force wind gusts continue to accompany the cyclone.
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