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Tropical Cyclone Iris weakening as system starts to move further out to sea

Rachel Riga, Wednesday April 4, 2018 - 21:08 EST
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A tree blown over at Airlie Beach as the effects of Tropical Cyclone Iris are felt. - ABC licensed
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Cyclone Iris has been downgraded to category one as the system continues to weaken. - ABC licensed

All warnings for Tropical Cyclone Iris have been cancelled as the category one has started moving away from the Queensland coast and is expected to weaken further overnight.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said at 7:00pm on Wednesday the cyclone was 260 kilometres east-north-east of Hamilton Island and 285km north-east of Mackay.

The BOM's tracking map now predicts the system will loop around and head further out to sea as a tropical low by Thursday night.





Early on Wednesday morning, Hamilton Island experienced wind gusts of 106 kilometres per hour early, while Mackay has experienced light to moderate rainfall thoughout the day.

Whitsunday resident Tiffany Deakes' house is still being repaired from Cyclone Debbie last year.

"I'm a little bit stressed because we have a front yard full of iron for repairs, and it has been tied down but I'm really hoping we don't get too much gusting wind because I really don't want iron flying through my front yard," she said.

"It is a bit scary, it's been 12 months of up and down and not knowing what's happened and the stress that it puts on your family life and your marriage and your work.

"I don't even have the worst of what some people are dealing with."

All major ports and marinas in the Whitsundays and Mackay were closed on Wednesday, with ferry services to Whitsunday Islands suspended.

Flights were also impacted after Airservices Australia closed the Hamilton Island air traffic control centre on Tuesday.


- ABC

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