First cyclone of 2014 predicted to hit Queensland this week

QUEENSLAND’S first cyclone of the year is expected to form this week.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) have warned a tropical low, currently about 870km east-northeast of Cairns, could strengthen into a cyclone on Wednesday.

The system is currently travelling at 10km/h and is expected to track south-west towards Queensland.


If the system continues to develop, forecasters are expected to name it Tropical Cyclone Dillon by Wednesday.

In a severe-weather warning issued on Tuesday, BOM advised heavy rain, flash flooding and 90km/h winds could lash communities between Port Douglas and Mackay from Wednesday afternoon.

Rainfall of more than 200 millimetres in 24 hours is also possible.

Falls of over 100mm have already been recorded in areas north and south of Cairns.