PEOPLE are being urged to prepare for a cyclone that could cross the north-east coast between Innisfail and Ingham later today or tomorrow.
‘Potential missiles’ should be cleared in the event of ‘cyclonic winds’, says the council.
Locals can dump green and household waste free of charge at Warren’s Hill landfill and Halifax until 4 pm today.
Supermarkets have again been busy as Ingham prepares for its second dose of extreme weather in a fortnight.
Cyclone Kimi is currently a category 1 but is forecast to intensify into a category 2 cyclone if and when it hits land.
Winds of up to 150 km per hour may develop and resulting storm surges may cause ‘minor flooding’ along the coast, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).
The cyclone is currently sitting off the coast of Cairns but is predicted to travel south-west.
BOM says Kimi is ‘moving slowly southwards just of the north tropical coast’.
Great Barrier Reef tourist mecca Fiztroy Island has been evacuated and a warning has been issued from Port Douglas through to Ayr, just south of Townsville, in north Queensland.
Hinchinbrook Shire Council today launched an appeal calling on residents to prepare for cyclonic winds.
Media officer Roslyn Di Mauro said: ‘It is recommended that all Hinchinbrook Shire residents take precautions and be prepared to ensure that properties are cleared of all items that can become potential missiles in the event of cyclonic winds.
‘Where possible, cleaning of vegetation around your home will reduce the potential of damage caused by vegetation debris during an event.
‘In preparation for the potential impacts of tropical Cyclone Kimi, council has waived gate fees associated with the disposal of green waste and household waste for domestic customers at the Warren’s Hill and Halifax waste facilities for today, Monday 18 January 2021.
‘Halifax Transfer Station will be open for business today, Monday 18 January 2021, from 9 am to 4.30pm.’
According to BOM: ‘A tropical cyclone warning is current for coastal and adjacent inland areas between Port Douglas and Lucinda.
‘A watch extends to areas between Lucinda and Ayr.
‘Heavy to intense rainfall and potentially dangerous flash flooding will be a risk about the tropical east coast over the next couple of days – a flood watch is current for catchments between Cape Flattery and Ingham.
‘Winds with gusts of up to 150 km per hour are expected to develop about the tropical east coast during today, depending on the path the system takes.
‘Abnormally high tides and large waves should develop about tropical east coast into Tuesday and some minor flooding may occur along the foreshore.
‘For the full advice from BOM, residents are urged to continue monitoring the BOM website www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings for further weather warnings and updates.’
Just last week streets bridges and streets in Ingham were flooded by rain from ex-tropical cyclone Imogen.
Hinchinbrook’s Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) says it will continue to issue updates about the potential natural disaster.