As it happened: Far north Queensland faces flooding as category one Cyclone Ita hits CairnsSaturday April 12, 2014 - 22:41 EST
The danger from Tropical Cyclone Ita continues in far north Queensland this evening, as the category one storm hits Cairns and surrounding areas.
The cyclone made landfall at Cape Flattery last night as a category four storm but weakened as it travelled inland.
Wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour and torrential rain are lashing the region from Port Douglas to Cairns, with Queensland Premier Campbell Newman warning of significant flooding in coastal communities.
Authorities say hundreds of milimetres of rain are expected to fall overnight, and flood warnings have been issued for several rivers.
Up to 8,500 homes in the region are still without power and earlier emergency services had to rescue two adults and three children from a flooded road south of Cooktown.
In Cooktown, the West Coast Hotel and at least two houses have had their roofs blown off but other major structural damage appears to have been kept to a minimum.
Look back at how the day unfolded.
© ABC 2014
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