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North Qld residents warned to be cyclone ready

Friday January 18, 2013 - 10:39 EDT
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In 2011 Cyclone Yasi devastated north Queensland (file photo). - Audience submitted

North Queensland authorities are warning residents not to be complacent about preparing for severe weather, despite the late start to the wet season.

The weather bureau says a low pressure system in the Coral Sea could develop into a cyclone next week but it is unlikely it will cross the Queensland coast.

It will be called Cyclone Oswald if it forms.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill says it is important new residents ensure they are ready ahead of the monsoon season.

"We need people to be aware that they are living in the tropics, particularly the new people who have moved up here in the last few weeks after Christmas," she said.

"There's procedures that they can put in place to ensure that if a cyclone was to form they would be adequately prepared to deal with the situation."


- ABC

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