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Tropical Cyclone Kirrily Set to Hit Queensland Coast

Tropical Cyclone Kirrily Set to Hit Queensland Coast
Image courtesy of Bureau of Meteorology

Severe Weather Warning for Mackay Region

Mackay, along with other coastal areas between Ayr and Bowen, is on high alert as Tropical Cyclone Kirrily barrels towards the Queensland coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts gale-force winds, heavy rainfall, and potential flooding as the cyclone is set to make landfall late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

Gale-force winds and Intense Rainfall

Meteorologist Miriam Bradbury warns of the cyclone’s most intense impacts, including destructive winds and dangerous marine conditions.

Kirrily, currently positioned north-east of Mackay, is expected to develop into a category two system, with winds forecasted at 120 km/h for the Whitsunday Islands and coastal areas between Townsville and St. Lawrence.

Impacts and Potential Development

The storm has the potential to intensify into a severe category three system, causing prolonged and significant impacts lasting well into the next week.

Kirrily is expected to unleash between 400 and 800mm of rain on north Queensland towns, exacerbating the flooding concerns, particularly in areas still recovering from ex-cyclone Jasper.

Swift Water Rescue and Evacuation Plans

As Mackay braces for the approaching cyclone, emergency services are taking proactive measures.

Five fire and rescue teams stationed in Townsville, with additional support crews on standby, are prepared to respond to flooding hotspots.

In anticipation of extreme flooding, swiftwater rescue boats are on standby, and evacuation accommodation is ready for those in need.

Large Waves and Minor Flooding Expected

Residents in areas likely to be affected by flooding, particularly along the foreshore between Townsville and Mackay, are advised to take protective measures.

The Bureau forecasts large waves that may produce minor flooding along the coastline.

Mackay Gears Up for Tropical Cyclone Kirrily

As Tropical Cyclone Kirrily advances towards the Queensland coast, Mackay residents are urged to stay informed and take necessary precautions.

With the potential for severe weather and widespread flooding, the region remains vigilant in the face of nature’s unpredictable forces.