Cyclone Ita has been steadily growing over the past 24 hours from a Category 3 to a Category 5 and it is expected to hit Cooktown tomorrow night coinciding with the 7 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time high tide. Thousands are in its path if it makes landfall as expected.
We’ve been told that people on the PENINSULA & NORTH TROPICAL COAST & TABLELANDS NEED TO FINALISE THEIR PREPARATION as weather conditions are predicted to deteriorate even further overnight and into tomorrow. This system will be catastrophic wherever it makes landfall, which is currently north of the Cooktown area
We will be feeling the winds and rain here in Mackay but hopefully unless there is a shift in the pattern we won’t be facing anything too destructive. We will have to watch for flooding in the days after the cyclone depending on how the water runoffs handle the situation up North. It is expected to bring winds at up to 280km/hr as it approaches the coast, and these will affect both Port Douglas, Cairns and Townsville but it is Cooktown that lies in its direct path.
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