Queensland, Australia battered by wild weather as Tropical Cyclone Niran intensifies off Cairns coast
Wild weather has lashed Queensland overnight as severe storms hit the south-east and a cyclone rampages off the north-east coast.
More than 70 millimetres of rain has been dumped on Brisbane’s CBD and surrounding regions.
In the state’s far-north, Tropical Cyclone Niran has been upgraded to a Category 2 system as it continues to bring gale-force winds and heavy rainfall.
The slow-moving system is hovering about 280km north-east of Cairns.
There’s still a possibility conditions intensify before they ease.
“Tropical cyclone Niran is expected to remain off the north Queensland coast while intensifying over the next day or two,” the Bureau of Meteorology said.
“Although a coastal crossing is not expected, it may extend gales westward over coastal and island communities tonight or on Wednesday.
“In the longer term, tropical cyclone Niran is expected to meander off the north Queensland coast before moving southeastward away from the east coast from Thursday onward.”
The tropical cyclone brings with it gusts up to 100km/h and heavy rain.
Exposed coastal and island communities between Cape Melville and Innisfail, including Cooktown, Cairns and Port Douglas, are most at risk.
The BoM recommends residents listen to advice from the weather bureau and local emergency services over the next two days.
Courtesy of 7news.com.au