World news – CYCLONE WATCH: 200mm falls are predicted as Niran approaches the coast


UPDATE 2:45 p.m .: The Bureau of Meteorology has announced a cyclone clock for North Queensland as a low pressure system evolves off the coast.

As of 10am Sunday, it was tracking 270 km east of Cairns and 255 km east northeast of Innisfail.

« It looks like it will meander off the coast for a few days and then move further southeast into the Coral Sea, » says meteorologist Matt Marshalls.

However, Mr Marshall said the effects of the system would continue to be felt in coastal areas, particularly along the coastal edges and in coastal waters.

« We currently have a storm warning within 24 hours … that basically stretches from Cape Flattery to Lucinda. »

Previously: Meteorologists observe a low off the north coast of Queensland that is expected to develop into a cyclone early to mid-week.

Michael Gray of the Bureau of Meteorology said the low in the Coral Sea was likely to become tropical cyclone Niran on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr Gray said BOM monitored rain activity from Mackay to Cairns on Saturday with falls of up to 125mm in Proserpine and Cannonvale.

« It will still be pretty wet for the week, » he said.

« There are now a few wind warnings, these are strong ocean wind warnings for the Cairns coast and Townsville coast.

The Whitsunday Regional Council flood cameras show the road at Crofton Creek in Airlie Beach on Sunday morning was underwater.

For more information on preparing your home, see How to Prepare for a Cyclone.


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