News

Strong winds bring down power lines in Aurakun

A satellite image from bom.gov.au.
A satellite image from bom.gov.au. www.bom.gov.au

ISOLATION during the storm season is something Cape York residents have come to expect. But as a tropical cyclone nears the coast on Monday afternoon, cut off communities were given a rare glimpse at one of Mother Nature's more sinister performances.

A Category 1 system is intensifying and expected to cross the coast between Aurukun and Kowanyama some time Monday evening.

By late afternoon, Aurukun - population 1200 - was already being given a preview of what was to come.

Officer in charge of the Aurukun Police Station Senior Sergeant Brendon McMahon said strong winds had brought down power lines, cutting power to some parts of town.

As is common at this time of year, roads to the region are cut but commercial flights have been cancelled.

Sen Sgt McMahon described the conditions as rare and "more extraordinary" than what Aurukun usually experienced.

He acknowledged some residents were concerned but said as long as they stayed inside their homes - which are all rated for Category 1 cyclones - and children were kept from playing in the water, everyone should be safe.

A warning remains in place for heavy rainfall, flooding, king tides and gale-force winds were expected to batter the coast between Karumba to Cape York.

 

EARLIER: Residents in Queensland's north-west are preparing for a tropical cyclone to cross the coast late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology said a tropical low was likely to intensify into a cyclone later on Monday and would most likely cross the coast between Aurukun and Kowanyama.

Coastal areas from Karumba to Cape York, including Mornington Island, are the areas likely to be affected, although the extent of the impact of the potential cyclone remain unclear.

EMQ assistant director-general Bruce Grady said the low could create not just gale force winds, but heavy rain, storm surges and localised flooding.

Topics:  cyclone, emq




Plan for Ipswich that will save you hours every day

BUS FOCUS: City Infrastructure boss Cr Cheryl Bromage is working to get bus timetables in sync with rail services. She is pictured with Brassall students William Kravchenko, Samuel Lovey, Khan Towler, Shaeisha Towler, Imani Danielson and Mayor Paul Pisasale at the launch of iGo, council’s transport plan.

Councillor wants plan for smarter bus and train timetables

Council: "Give us an answer now"

GREYHOUNDS: Runners in race eight at Thabeban Park.Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail

Logan in limbo over greyhound track proposal

Why you should register as an organ donor today

NEW LIFE: Chris Laurie has been able to live a long and happy life after receiving a heart transplant.

“To give someone an extra chance at life is a wonderful thing."

Latest deals and offers

Three reasons your mind will be blown this week

Alan Dale and Jacki Weaver in a scene from the TV series Secret City.

THREE shows on Foxtel to make your mind boggle.

Elena wins MasterChef: “I’m ecstatic and eager to celebrate"

MasterChef Australia 2016 winner Elena Duggan, from Noosa.

NOOSA chefs survive marathon grand final dish by Heston Blumenthal.

Shannen Doherty shaves hair during cancer battle

Shannen Doherty has completely shaved off her hair

Brian McFadden makes daughters pay for own Christmas gifts

McFadden makes his daughters pay for half their presents

Lady Gaga is a godmother

Lady Gaga has become a godmother to her friends' daughter

Will Turbo be taken off TV?

Memes about Turbo are flowing on Social media.

PEOPLE want Turbo taken off TV, but will Prospero Productions the ma

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley