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(AUSTRALIA) Tropical Cyclone Niran Report: Has been upgraded to a Category two storm as it continues to bring powerful winds, heavy rainfall and potential flooding to Far North Queensland coastal communities #AceWeatherDesk report

#AceWeatherReport – Mar.02: The slow-moving category two system is hovering about 280 kilometres north-east of Cairns:

Ace Weather Desk report on Tropical Cyclone Niran upgraded to category two as wild winds and heavy rain soak north Queensland: Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster Rosa Hoff said the cyclone was expected to gradually intensify while remaining well offshore. Be safe with Kindness & Love X ❤️

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“We’re not expecting the system to cross the coast,” Ms Hoff said.

“It should remain slow-moving, very close to its current location as it develops slowly into a category three cyclone over the next two days.

“After that, we are expecting it to move off in a south-easterly direction, most likely on Thursday.”

The system has dumped heavy rain across the region, including 276mm at Clump Point and 227mm at Davies Reef within 24 hours.

A powerful 124kmph wind gust was recorded at Arlington Reef near Cairns and 94kmph gust was recorded at Lucinda.

Wild weather not over yet

“Gale-force winds with damaging wind gusts up to 100 kilometres per hour and areas of heavy rain could redevelop over the tropical east coast of Queensland over the next couple of days, including tonight or even potentially tomorrow,” Ms Hoff said.Loading

“It’s going to be a long few days for the communities in the region.”

Emergency services have met in Cairns to discuss their response to Tropical Cyclone Niran.

Heavy rain and winds associated with the weather system saw many communities in the area lose power.

Queensland police, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Queensland Ambulance Service and local government authorities held a district disaster management meeting to look at community safety.

Cairns Acting Chief Superintendent Chris Hodgman said 150 extra workers would be deployed to help restore power.

“Tomorrow morning Ergon will have at least 150 staff on the ground looking at the power issues and they’re trying their best to prioritise those that need an immediate response,” Acting Chief Superintendent Hodgman said.

“Unfortunately there’s still some people without power and there’s others without communications.

“It’s such a dangerous situation when powerlines are down but it’s also frustrating unfortunately for the population around Cairns to not have power.

“It’s a really good reminder for us to be prepared when these events come along.”

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Innisfail banana grower Robert Zahra said his crops had sustained “devastating” damage.

“We were just working as normal yesterday morning … [the] bureau was just saying a little bit of rain and bit of strong wind but it obviously got a lot worse than that,” he said.

“We just kept picking as much as we could yesterday morning until they started falling down around us.”

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Banana crops in North Queensland destroyed from wild weather – Supplied: Banana Growers Council

He said they stopped picking when the strong winds increased and it wasn’t safe to continue.

“It was like a freight train out there in the paddock … you’ve just got to make the call,” he said.

Mr Zahra said he was still working out how much of the crop was damaged.

“Anything with a bunch cover on it is on the ground, there’s nothing standing at all in places,” he said.

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Innisfail banana grower Rob Zahner described wind gusts from TC Niran as “like a freight train”.(Supplied: Rob Zahner)

Deluge swamps north Queensland coast

Meanwhile, rain has drenched parts of the coast with Alva Beach receiving 219 millimetres in the past 24 hours, while Lucinda had 186mm and Groper Creek received 183mm.

The BOM is warning the system has sustained winds near the centre of 75kph with wind gusts of up to 100kph.

Communities between Cape Flattery and Lucinda are in the warning zone, with a flood watch issued for catchments between Cooktown and Rollingstone.

Seven state schools and 32 Catholic and independent schools have been closed.

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A tree takes out a fence during wild weather in North Queensland on Monday.(Supplied: Michael Zupp)

State Emergency Service (SES) area controller, Peter Rinaudo said the SES had responded to 127 job so far, mostly for downed trees and powerlines that had cut electricity to thousands of homes.

“For a system that wasn’t a cyclone [at the time yesterday], it certainly created a lot of interest for us, we had a lot of wind, a lot of rain and a lot of jobs for something that wasn’t crossing our coast,” Mr Rinaudo said.

“The current situation as we’re being told by the Bureau of Meteorology is the system, that impacted Cairns quite heavily yesterday and at one stage was approximately 90 kilometres off the coast, has now moved further away towards the north-east.”

But emergency responders remain on high alert, with a chance heavy rain will redevelop later this evening and tomorrow.

“The catchments are still saturated, so any water we’re still getting into those catchment’s can potentially produce some sort of flooding that may impact roadways and creeks,” Mr Rinaudo said.

“Some of our gusts getting up around the 85 to 90 kilometre [per hour] mark — it’s knocking some of these trees over and pulling powerlines down.

“[We’re] not being able to do much in regards to leaking roofs — when you’ve got 85 kilometre per hour winds, it doesn’t lend itself very well to be holding a tarp down.”

A tree falls over powerlines across a highway.
Powerlines down on highway north of Codfish Creek in north Queensland.(Supplied: Chrtistina Forrest)

Power cut to thousands of homes

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Ergon spokeswoman Emma Oliveri urged residents to be patient while crews worked to reconnect homes.

“We’ve got outages right across the board, which makes it all the more challenging for our crews,” Ms Oliveri said.

“We’ve got a lot of damage from vegetation, damage to the network, including fallen powerlines.

“In these conditions everything is changeable, and crews may not be able to get into certain areas if roads are cut due to localised flooding.”

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A tree falls onto the roof of a Mena Creek house in North Queensland on Monday.(Supplied: Wojtech Pendel)

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