Peter Holt

It's official: Two cyclones on way

QUEENSLAND is now officially facing two cyclone threats this week with Yasi today declared a tropical cyclone.

With Tropical Cyclone Anthony likely to cross the coast Ayr and Bowen late tonight or early tomorrow morning, eyes are also on Yasi, which has been dubbed the Goliath of the "David and Goliath" pair.

In a press conference today, Premier Anna Bligh warned the fearsome duo had the potential to bring destructive winds and further flooding to areas already reeling from recent high waters.

"We are continuing to have very serious concerns about the second weather formation off the coast of Queensland," Ms Bligh said today.

"This formation is very large, it is likely to formally fall into a tropical cyclone today and it will probably be named today.

"A cyclone watch we expect will be issued tomorrow in relation to that event and at this stage the current modeling has brought forward by four hours the likely landfall time to Thursday morning. So we are looking at cyclone coming across the coast at this stage late tonight or early Monday morning and another potentially as early as Thursday morning.

"The second system is a very large system. It is a very large rainfall system as well as potentially a very significant cyclone so we are looking not only at potentially damaging cyclone but more very heavy rainfall which could fall into river catchments and cause further flooding beyond the cyclone.

"There is likely to be very significant gale force winds associated with the second event."

Yesterday, forecasters warned that if Yasi developed into a cyclone, almost 2000km of Queensland coast would need to prepare for the impact of first Anthony and then Yasi.

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