A tropical cyclone has now officially developed off the Far North Queensland coastline.
‘Niran’ is currently a category 1 system and is located around 235 kilometres northeast of Cairns and 270 kilometres north northeast of Innisfail according to the Bureau’s latest forecast.
It’s moving slowly at the moment, at around 15 kilometres an hour, but is expected to build in strength.
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It’s predicted to reach category 3 by Thursday and will travel slightly northeast during today, then slowly to the west from tomorrow.
“A coastal crossing by the core of the cyclone is not expected, however, gales may develop within the warning zone late this evening or Wednesday morning if the cyclone adopts a track further to the west,” the Bureau says in its latest advice.
“In the longer term, the system is expected to take a southeasterly track away from the coast from Thursday.”
Coastal communities are warned that wind gusts may get pretty strong over the coming days, with those between Cape Flattery and Innisfail to see gusts up to 100 kilometres an hour later this evening and tomorrow, then extend further south to Lucinda later on.
Heavy rainfall is expected as well as abnormally high tides, with a flood watch and several warnings current for the region between Cooktown and Rollingstone.
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