Queenslanders have been warned to prepare for a tropical cyclone to make landfall in the far north of the state early Monday.
A depression moving towards the coast transformed into Tropical Cyclone Tiffany on Sunday afternoon, the Bureau of Meteorology confirmed.
Previous predictions were that the system made landfall around 4 a.m. on Monday, but the bureau said it would depend on whether it struck north or south of Cape Melville, which is over 80 km further afield. east than the coast to the north.
The cyclone is expected to cross the Cape York Peninsula before moving into the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Warnings are in place for several areas, including Cape Grenville to Cape Tribulation, including Lockhart River and Cooktown.
Residents of Kowanyama in Mapoon, including Weipa, are in the surveillance zone and should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases.
Senior meteorologist Dean Narramore said the office was closely monitoring the cyclone.
“From tomorrow, people in communities in the far north of Queensland will begin to see and feel the effects of Tropical Cyclone Tiffany as it nears the coast, which means an increased risk of flooding and localized damage in these areas, “said Narramore.
“Tropical cyclones can intensify very quickly and change direction, so we will update our warnings and advice to the community and our fellow emergency services as this system progresses.”
“We are expecting heavy rains and destructive winds because of this system, so whether it is a tropical depression or a tropical cyclone, there is always an increased risk of flooding and damage. located in the region, “said Narramore. .
Mr Narramore warned that the tropical system could intensify very quickly and change direction, saying the office will issue regular updates.
The cyclone comes after the Fraser Coast region, about 1,500 km to the south, saw floodwaters peak at more than 10 m over the weekend, amid the heaviest rainfall on record.
Residents received an emergency text message telling them to go “immediately” to the heights.
Mount Joseph, 200 km northwest of Brisbane, recorded 451 mm of rain, the highest daily total in more than 100 years, according to Weatherzone.
Some areas received up to five times their monthly average rainfall.
A 22-year-old man from Sunshine Coast has died while driving in flood waters and a search continues for a 14-year-old girl who went missing near Gympie.
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Flood waters are expected to peak at 10.5 meters in Maryborough this evening and 80 homes are in the danger zone.