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Strong winds bring down power lines in Aurakun

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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


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