Cyclone Niran has been updated to a category two system and is expected to be updated to a category three on Wednesday, according to the weather bureau

The cyclone was about 280 kilometers northeast of Cairns on Tuesday afternoon and had winds of 95 km / h and gusts of 130 km / h as it drove slowly from northwest to northwest

The office says strong winds, rainfall, and unusually high tides are expected in coastal areas for the next 24 to 48 hours

Niran has abandoned thousands of homes with no electricity, heavy rain, and flooding in some areas off the coast of northern Queensland

“The cyclone is expected to continue slowly moving northeast today before slowly moving or slowly drifting back west tonight through Wednesday,” the Bureau of Meteorology

said

“This is a category two system which is expected to be expanded into a category three system on Wednesday”

A storm warning was issued for coastal and island communities between Cape Flattery and Innisfail, with gusts of up to 100 km / h by Wednesday

The winds knocked down power lines on Monday evening and about 42000 houses in the region darkened

Abnormally high tides can also develop on the central and tropical east coast of Queensland, and gale force wind warnings are in place on Wednesday

The Townsville radar went offline on Sunday, but the office has assured the community that it will not affect their ability to provide forecasts and warnings

Two people were rescued from floods near the Star River west of Townsville at around 9 a.m.Monday 30 p.m.

“My main message today to the people of the far north, and they have previously looked at heavy rain and cyclones so they know exactly what they are doing, but when it is flooded, forget about it,” she said

During the warning phase, the office will give an indication of tropical cyclones every three hours

“We seem to have seen the worst, it seems to have arrived pretty well now,” he said

“Hopefully we’ll see the cyclone do what is predicted and head southeast and away from the coast”

“But we still need to be vigilant just in case it worsens and if it does we will see a repeat of the winds we saw last night and the night before”

This includes protecting food from contamination and pests, checking food and storing it in freezers if possible

Mr James said the council would be well prepared if the cyclone were to be received or returned and would seek to restore power to homes in areas with blackouts

He said that if Niran returned it would likely head south of Cairns and the Cassowary Coast region

Cyclone Niran

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