Australia Australia's east coast set to be hit with a category THREE cyclone
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Far North Queensland is set to be hit by a category three cyclone within hours, as weather experts warn locals to prepare for flash flooding.
Cyclone Niran is moving slowly north-east away from the coast, while damaging winds are expected to hit Cairns on Tuesday morning.
A tropical low approximately 215km east of Innisfail, south of Cairns, has triggered an urgent warning, with ferocious winds of up to 120km/h predicted by this afternoon.
Residents are advised to cancel non-essential travel, secure their premises, find a safe place to shelter and stay home.
More than 40,000 homes have already been left without electricity after high winds caused powerlines to fall.
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The wild weather has also forced 38 schools in Far North Queensland to close on Tuesday.
Lucinda, a three hour drive south of Cairns, received a 259mm downpour in less than 24 hours.
The Bureau of Meteorology says a tropical low is forming along the monsoon trough 200km east of Innisfail and is expected to intensify into a tropical cyclone by Tuesday morning.
It says there are a range of scenarios for the cyclone, to be called Niran, but a direct coastal crossing is unlikely.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Chief Superintendent Steve Smith said there is increasing confidence about the cyclone forming.
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'The intensity is forecasted to grow over the coming days,' he said.
'The modelling at this point is showing that it will reach a category two, with potential to become a bit stronger.
'However, it is a little bit far out at this point as to whether it will actually grow and strengthen beyond that.'
QFES Commissioner Greg Leach said personnel were positioned and ready to respond with pre-deployed fire and rescue services and swiftwater technicians at Tully, Halifax and Ingham.
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The system is expected to remain off the coast before tracking southeast later in the week.
Cyclone Niran may drift close enough to coastal districts to bring gale force winds, heavy rainfall and abnormally high tides to areas along the coast, the bureau says.
Far North Queensland on cyclone watch
Far North Queensland is on cyclone watch this morning as a tropical low threatens the coast of Cairns. Residents between Cape Flattery and Lucinda, including Cairns, have been put on high alert as torrential rain and damaging winds and flooding are forecast to lash the area.The system is threatening to develop into a Category 1 tomorrow and Category 3 by Wednesday.https://twitter.
Gale warnings are current for Palm Island, Cairns and Townsville waters, and strong wind warnings are in place for Cooktown and Mackay waters.
These strong winds are likely to continue throughout the week as the system tracks towards the southeast corner of the state.
Showers and thunderstorms are increasing for the southeast, with the risk of severe thunderstorms in the southeast interior on Monday and Tuesday.
Motorists have been also been advised to avoid parking their cars in low-lying tidal areas and to not drive through floodwaters.
Rainfall of up to 150mm has also been predicted in some areas, with Bureau of Meteorology expert Jackson Browne revealing flash and river flooding is likely over the next 48 hours.
'Soils and catchments are already saturated after weeks of rain on the north tropical coast,' he said. 'Flooding could extend as far south as Mackay as the low strengthens.'
Forecast tracking have predicted the cyclone could reach a dangerous Category 2 by Wednesday.
'Gales are possible as the system reaches cyclone strength. Heavy rainfall is also likely,' the forecast confirmed.
Tropical Cyclone Niran bringing wild winds and heavy rain to north Queensland
A low off the north Queensland coast intensifies into Tropical Cyclone Niran, bringing powerful winds, heavy rainfall and potential flooding to coastal communities. The slow-moving system is hovering about 120 kilometres off the north Queensland coast.Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster Rosa Hoff said the system could strengthen to category three status later in the week, while remaining well offshore.
On Monday morning, commuters endured lengthy delays on the Captain Cook Highway driving south towards Cairns.
A number of trees fell across the Gillies Range Rd at Gadgarra in Queensland's Tablelands Region, resulting in further delays after traffic was reduced to one lane.
Meteorologist Michael Gray revealed the extreme weather in far north Queensland was due to the development of a monsoon trough as well as a reach of high pressure along the east coast.
'Since 9am on Saturday, we have seen rainfall totals up around 100mm around the Proserpine River and over 50mm through large parts of an area from about Mackay up towards Cairns,' he told the
'We will still see fairly significant rainfall (from Mackay to Cairns) that will continue at least to Wednesday... or possibly through to later in the week.'
Across the rest of the eastern states of Australia, the forecast for Monday is partly cloudy and mostly sunny, with a slight chance of a shower tonight in Brisbane.
WEATHER IN YOUR CITY
TUESDAY: Min 19. Max 25. Possible shower.
WEDNESDAY: Min 17. Max 23. Shower or two.
THURSDAY: Min 17. Max 25. Partly cloudy
FRIDAY: Min 16. Max 25. Partly cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 23. Max 34. Possible shower.
WEDNESDAY: Min 23. Max 29. Shower or two.
THURSDAY: Min 21. Max 28. Possible shower.
Queensland bracing for dangerous weather as cyclone intensifies
Tropical Cyclone Niran continues to wreak havoc on Far North Queensland delivering strong winds and rainfall to the region.The cyclone is expected to strengthen to a Category 3 system over the next 24 hours with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a fresh cyclone warning for areas between Innisfail in Cairns to Cape Melville.
FRIDAY: Min 19. Max 28. Partly cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 13. Max 24. Partly cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 12. Max 25. Mostly sunny.
THURSDAY: Min 12. Max 26. Sunny.
FRIDAY: Min 15. Max 29. Partly cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 13. Max 25. Partly cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 10. Max 24. Partly cloudy.
THURSDAY: Min 9. Max 27. Sunny
FRIDAY: Min 11. Max 27. Partly sunny.
TUESDAY: Min 12. Max 17. Cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 12. Max 18. Partly cloudy.
THURSDAY: Min 12. Max 20. Cloudy.
FRIDAY: Min 15. Max 20. Cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 17. Max 27. Partly cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 19. Max 27. Partly cloudy.
THURSDAY: Min 20. Max 28. Possible storms.
FRIDAY: Min 19. Max 27. Cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 9. Max 16. Windy. Cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 9. Max 19. Cloudy.
THURSDAY: Min 13. Max 21. Cloudy.
FRIDAY: Min 11. Max 18. Partly cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 25. Max 32. Partly cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 25. Max 32. Partly cloudy.
THURSDAY: Min 26. Max 33. Partly cloudy.
FRIDAY: Min 26. Max 33. Partly cloudy.
Source: Bureau of Meteorology
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