People between Cape Melville and Cardwell are being urged to prepare as category 1 cyclone Kimi threatens the Far North Queensland coast.
At 4pm today the cyclone was estimated to be 135km east of Cooktown and 175km north-north-east of Cairns, with winds near the centre of 75km/h and wind gusts to 100km/h.
Tropical cyclone Kimi has been moving slowly south but is expected to turn southwest.
In cyclone advice issued around 5pm, the Bureau of Meteorology warned that the slow-moving system may intensify further over the next 24 hours and may reach category 2 before crossing the coast.
Destructive winds with gusts to 130km/h may develop about coastal and island areas between Cooktown and Innisfail on Monday as the core of the cyclone approaches.
“These wind speeds are strong enough to bring down numerous trees and powerlines, cause power outages and even cause damage to property,” meteorologist Dean Narramore said.
Heavy rainfall is forecast to develop about coastal and adjacent inland areas between Cape Flattery and Cardwell from Sunday evening.
As the cyclone approaches, Cairns Regional Council has urged residents to familiarise themselves with the Cairns Disaster Dashboard.
The Cairns Disaster Dashboard (www.disaster.cairns.qld.gov.au) is a single point of reference for information and advice during a disaster.
It brings information from council, the Bureau of Meteorology, emergency services, utilities such as Ergon and Telstra, road status updates, and traffic and flood cams, together in one place.
Cairns Local Disaster Management Group chair Cr Terry James said the user-friendly dashboard allows residents to keep themselves informed during a natural disaster.
“During an emergency the dashboard is updated in real time with things like road closures, power outages and notifications of any shelters that may be opened,” Cr James said.