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Queenslanders you can expect flash floods and tremendous wind speeds of up to 150 km / h when intensifying Cyclone Kimi makes landfall, possibly tonight.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged all North Queenslanders living between Innisfail and Ingham to “listen to their radio” and prepare for a violent, life-threatening weather.

However, parts of southeast and central Queensland will also feel the effects of Kimi, with torrential rains and flooding forecast.

Tropical Cyclone Kimi continues its path to the south, as it was recorded on Monday morning.  It is forecast to reach Category 2 later tonight and may cross the coast late today or early Tuesday between Innisfail and Lucinda.
Tropical Cyclone Kimi continues its path to the south, as it was recorded on Monday morning. It is forecast to reach Category 2 later tonight and may cross the coast late today or early Tuesday between Innisfail and Lucinda. (Okay)
Bad weather is already affecting parts of Queensland as Cyclone Kimi moves towards the coast.
Bad weather is already affecting parts of Queensland as Cyclone Kimi moves towards the coast. (9News)
Cyclone Kimi is forecast to bring torrential rains to parts of Queensland when it hits land.
Cyclone Kimi is forecast to bring torrential rains to parts of Queensland when it hits land. (9News)

The Bureau of Meteorology said there was still “considerable uncertainty” about which parts of the Queensland coast would be most affected.

“We expect it to rain a lot with this cyclone,” Palaszczuk said.

Heavy flooding is likely after Kimi arrives tonight or tomorrow, he said, and winds of up to 150 km / h are expected.

A tropical cyclone The advisory is in effect in areas between Port Douglas, Cairns and Townsville.

Potentially dangerous flash floods will be a risk and extremely strong winds are expected.

“We want everyone in these northern regions to be listening to their radio,” Palaszczuk said.

“If it’s flooded, forget it,” he said, warning of the danger of trying to escape or cross the rising waters.

Forecasters expect Kimi to unleash the worst of his fury between Port Douglas and Lucinda, in far north Queensland.
Forecasters expect Kimi to unleash the worst of his fury between Port Douglas and Lucinda, in far north Queensland. (9News)
Workers prepare to fight the inevitable flooding with sandbags.
Workers prepare to fight the inevitable flooding with sandbags. (9News)

Major flooding is expected in the Herbert, Murray and Tully river basins, which are already described as “saturated”.

Severe thunderstorms are forecast for today, coming in tonight, potentially bringing heavy rain, damaging winds, and large hail.

There is also a risk of flash flooding for the southeast and parts of central Queensland.

Police Minister Mark Ryan warned of forecast storm surges between the Yarrabah and Cardwell areas.

“If you are on the coast, prepare yourself.”

High tides are expected in some parts of Queensland, which could complicate flood risks from Cyclone Kimi.
High tides are expected in some parts of Queensland, which could complicate flood risks from Cyclone Kimi. (9News)

Ryan said anyone in Kimi’s firing line should secure the property, trampolines, sheds and outdoor furniture.

“It is very important that you have a plan,” he said.

“Be very, very careful of the heavy rain that could come in southeast Queensland because it could cause flash floods.”


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