Jan 19, 2021

Calmed-down Kimi no longer cyclone threat

Calmed-down Kimi no longer cyclone threat

Cyclone Kimi has weakened into a tropical low and is no longer expected to strike the North Queensland coast with significant impact, although it may bring heavy rainfall.

At 4am today the system was about 135km north-east of Townsville, with sustained winds near the centre of 65km/h and gusts to 95km/h.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects the system to remain slow-moving well off the coast through much of today, then begin tracking back towards the north-northwest from late this afternoon as a weak tropical low.

Heavy rainfall with the potential to produce flash flooding and major river flooding may still affect coastal areas between Innisfail and Bowen on today and Wednesday if the remnant low moves closer to the coast.