Category 2 cyclone set to impact Top End

Photo: File
Photo: File

A category two Tropical Cyclone is expected to hit the Far North Queensland coast this afternoon, with impacts expected to be felt in the Northern Territory later this week.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), Tropical Cyclone Tiffany is currently located around 25 kilometres northwest of Cape Melville, with landfall west of Cape Melville expected early this afternoon.

The Tropical Cyclone has been listed as a category two, with sustained winds near the centre of 95 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 130 kilometres per hour.

"Tiffany will weaken slightly over land but may maintain tropical cyclone strength as it moves westward across the Cape," a statement from the BOM reads.

"The system is then expected to move into the Gulf of Carpentaria on Tuesday and re-intensify quickly as it moves towards the Northern Territory coast.

"A severe tropical cyclone coastal impact on the Northern Territory coast is possible on Wednesday or Thursday."

Tropical Cyclone Tiffany is set to hit the far north Queensland coast today. Picture: Bureau of Meteorology

Tropical Cyclone Tiffany is set to hit the far north Queensland coast today. Picture: Bureau of Meteorology

The cyclone comes on the back of flooding hitting Maryborough in Queensland on the back of cyclone Seth.

Maryborough was inundated with water surging into the CBD through the stormwater drains amid a major flood.

Authorities had expected the river to peak in Maryborough above a major flood level of 10.5 metres, impacting about 80 homes on Sunday afternoon, after the remnants of tropical cyclone Seth dumped 600mm on the Wide Bay-Burnett region in two days.

A dozen pumps were deployed to drain the city centre, Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said in a Facebook post on Sunday night.

"We now have 12 pumps, each moving about 120 litres a second. We think the flood has reached the peak," he said in the post.

The levee was protecting the CBD until an underground stormwater valve failed just before 2pm, allowing floodwater to surge up through the drains and into the streets.

Police and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services issued an urgent emergency evacuation order for more than 30 inner-city blocks.

- with Australian Associated Press

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