Tropical Cyclone Kimi forms off northeastern Australia

18 Janvier, 2021, 21:51 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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Tropical Cyclone Kimi is a Category One storm with sustained winds of 65 kph but meteorologists said it may strengthen to a Category Two when it crosses the coast late Monday.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services urged people to take advantage of a "limited window of opportunity" to prepare emergency kits.

The cyclone is now moving south-southeast and is likely to continue in the same direction throughout the night, bringing with it destructive winds with gusts of up to 150 kilometres per hour, and heavy rainfall.

More than 200 people have been evacuated from Fitzroy Island off Cairns as a precautionary measure, and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was important for locals to stay up to date with current alerts as the cyclone could change course.

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Heavy rainfall is forecast to develop about coastal and adjacent inland areas between Cape Flattery and Cardwell from Sunday evening.

But it warned, "considerable uncertainty" remained over the future movement of the system and there was a possibility it could cross as a category two cyclone between Hitchinbrook Island and Townsville overnight or Tuesday morning.

Residents from Innisfail to Bowen, including Townsville, have also been told to prepare for abnormally high tides.

"Everybody in the north ... should be listening to the media reports very, very closely because the bureau will be giving those reports every three hours, and we'll be giving a further update from the state government this afternoon", she told reporters.

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