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GOOD NEWS FOR CAIRNS! - Monday 18th Jan 2pm

The latest Tropical Cyclone advice from the BOM, shows that Port Douglas to Innisfail is no longer in the warning zone. 

TC Kimi has intensified to a category 2 system with the warning zone now in place from Innisfail to Ayr, including Lucinda, Palm Island and Townsville. 

There is also a watch zone from Ayr to Bowen.

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Details of Tropical Cyclone Kimi at 1:00 pm AEST:

Intensity: Category 2, sustained winds near the centre of 95 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 130 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 20 kilometres of 17.5 degrees South 146.8 degrees East, estimated to be 130 kilometres east southeast of Cairns and 195 kilometres north of Townsville.

Movement: south southeast at 15 kilometres per hour.

Tropical cyclone Kimi has intensified to a category 2 cyclone. It is currently moving south-southeast and is likely to continue this movement through tonight, but is now expected to slow and stall off the coast between Hinchinbook Island and Townsville on Tuesday while beginning to weaken.

However, considerable uncertainty remains with the future movement of the system, and a category 2 coastal crossing between Hinchinbrook Island and Townsville tonight or on Tuesday REMAINS POSSIBLE.

Hazards:

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 150 km/h may develop about coastal and island areas between Hinchinbrook Island and Ayr overnight tonight or on Tuesday, depending on the movement of the cyclone.

GALES with gusts to 120km/h are likely about coastal and island communities between Innisfail and Ayr tonight and Tuesday. Gales may also extend southwards to Bowen later on Tuesday depending on the movement of the cyclone.

HEAVY RAINFALL with the potential to produce flash flooding and major river flooding expected to affect coastal and adjacent inland areas between Innisfail and Bowen tonight and on Tuesday. A Flood Watch is current for this area; refer to that product for more detail.

ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES are likely today as Tuesday as the cyclone gets closer to the coast, however the sea level should not exceed the highest tide of the year. Large waves are likely along the beachfront.

Next Advice:

The next advice will be issued by 5:00 pm AEST Monday 18 January.