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North Queensland coastal communities no longer under threat from Tropical Cyclone Niran

By Lexy Hamilton-Smith and staff, Wednesday March 3, 2021 - 21:50 EDT

Tropical Cyclone Niran has intensified to a category 3 off the north Queensland coast this morning, as it edges further away from the mainland.


The cyclone is very slow moving and is sitting around 345 kilometres north-east of Cairns.


The warning for north Queensland has been cancelled, with the risk of gales along the exposed coast now very low.


Cyclone Niran has been menacing the coast for days, causing flash flooding and heavy rain.


The SES has dealt with over 100 callouts since Sunday in Cairns, where residents erected tarpaulins to repair leaking roofs ahead of more wild weather.


Ergon Energy has restored power to 35,000 customers since Monday.


The Bureau of Meteorology said the system will now start to track faster in a south-easterly direction away from the coast.


The slow-moving cyclone had been tracking at around 7 kilometres per hour and changed directions several times.


It is likely to reach peak intensity over the Coral Sea on Friday, then gradually weaken as it moves further south-eastwards.







- ABC

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