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Tropical Cyclone NIRAN now a Category 2 system


Issued at 1:46 pm EST on Tuesday 2 March 2021

Tropical cyclone Niran has intensified to a category 2 system off the north Queensland coast.

Areas Affected:
Warning Zone
Cape Flattery to Mission Beach.

Watch Zone
Cape Melville to Cape Flattery and Mission Beach to Lucinda.

Cancelled Zone

Details of Tropical Cyclone Niran 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 35 kilometres of 15.0 degrees South 147.5 degrees East, estimated to be 280 kilometres northeast of Cairns and 255 kilometres east northeast of Cooktown.

Movement: north northwest at 7 kilometres per hour.

Tropical cyclone Niran is expected to remain slow-moving off the north Queensland coast while intensifying further over the next day or two to a Category 3 system.

Coastal crossing of the cyclone is not expected. However, as the cyclone develops, it may extend gales about the coastal and island communities tonight or on Wednesday.

From Thursday onwards, the cyclone is expected to take a southeasterly track, away from the coast.

GALES with gusts to 100km/h may develop about coastal and island communities between Cape Flattery and Mission Beach tonight or during Wednesday morning. GALES may extend further south to Lucinda or between Cape Melville and Cape Flattery on Wednesday night, as the cyclone intensifies or if it drifts closer to the coast.

Localised HEAVY RAINFALL may occur about the coastal and island communities due to the moist onshore flow. Heavier falls may occur on Wednesday as the cyclone intensifies or if it tracks slightly closer to the coast. A Flood Watch and several flood warnings remains current for the north tropical coast between Cooktown and Rollingstone.

ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES and large waves may cause minor flooding near the foreshore. People likely to be affected should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to help their neighbours.

Recommended Action:
People between Cape Flattery and Mission Beach should take precautions and listen to the next advice at 5 pm.

People between Cape Melville and Cape Flattery, and between Mission Beach and Lucinda should consider what action they need to take if the cyclone threat increases.

- Information is available from your local government

- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (

- For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).

Next Advice:
The next advice will be issued by 5:00 pm AEST Tuesday 02 March.