Queenslanders urged not to be complacent as Tropical Cyclone Kimi barrels closer


Far-north Queensland residents are battening down the hatches, with a tropical cyclone possibly strengthening before it crosses the coast in the next 24 hours.

The Bureau of Meteorology said category one Tropical Cyclone Kimi was barrelling south about 90km east of Cairns at 11am AEDT on Monday.

Kimi is a compact but powerful storm, which the bureau says may intensify into a category two system with gusts up to 130km/h before it turns southwest and crosses the coast late on Monday night or on Tuesday.

The cyclone is expected to make landfall between Innisfail and Lucinda.

However, the forecasters warned that could change, with the unstable system hard to predict.

“Tropical Cyclone Kimi continues to move slowly southwards and is likely to get closer to the coast later today,” the BOM said in a statement.

“The system may intensify a little further to a category two system.”

“Based on the current forecast track, the cyclone may cross the coast overnight or Tuesday between about Innisfail and Lucinda; however, there remains considerable uncertainty with the crossing time and location.”

Residents of the whole warning area from Port Douglas to Ayr, including Cairns and Townsville, are being told to prepare for gales up to 120km/h, heavy rains and abnormally high tides.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is urging people to listen carefully to media reports and updates on where the cyclone moves.

“Everybody in the north, in the far north of our state, should be listening to the media reports very very closely because the bureau will be giving those reports every three hours, and we’ll be giving a further update from the state government this afternoon,” she told reporters.

People between Port Douglas and Lucinda are being urged to get ready and secure their boats and homes in particular.

“I know we’re Queenslanders, I know we go through cyclones every single year but please do not be complacent,” Police Minister Mark Ryan said.

Previously Cyclone Kimi was expected to make landfall between Innisfail and Lucinda on Monday night or Tuesday morning.

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The bureau also warns that heavy rainfall could bring flash flooding and major river flooding to coastal and hinterland areas between Port Douglas and Ayr on Monday and Tuesday.

Mr Ryan said a flood watch was issued for waterways including the Jeannie, Endeavour, Daintree, Mossman, Barron, Mulgrave, Russell, Johnstone, Tully, Murray and Herbert rivers.

“So if you’re in those areas you need to prepare … if it’s flooded forget it, have a plan about where you’ll be travelling, bear in mind where those river catchments are, be aware that during this event you could have flash flooding,” he said.

Parts of the Wooroonooran, Girramay and Paluma Range national parks, and the Abergowrie State Forest, have been closed.

With the cyclone set to dump rain on large parts of Queensland’s interior, flood warnings have also been issued for a number of inland rivers.

The Norman and Gilbert rivers in the Gulf Country and most of the Queensland tributaries of Lake Eyre could break their banks.

The cyclone comes as the United Nation’s World Meteorological Organization named 2016, 2019 and 2020 the world’s hottest years on record.

The WMO said the average global temperature in 2020 was about 14.9 degrees Celsius – a figure 1.2 C above the pre-industrial (1850-1900) level.

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Tropical Cyclone Kimi intensifies to category two with warnings extended to Bowen


Tropical Cyclone Kimi has intensified to a category two as it moves south, with a Cyclone Watch now declared to Bowen.

Towns from Innisfail to Ayr, in Far North Queensland, including Lucinda, Palm Island and Townsville are in the warning zone.

The cyclone is currently moving south-southeast and is likely to continue in the same direction throughout the night, bringing with it destructive winds with gusts of up to 150 kilometres per hour, and heavy rainfall.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the system was now expected to slow and stall off the coast between Hinchinbrook Island and Townsville on Tuesday, while beginning to weaken.

But it warned, “considerable uncertainty” remained over the future movement of the system and there was a possibility it could cross as a category two cyclone between Hitchinbrook Island and Townsville overnight or Tuesday morning.

More than 200 people have been evacuated from Fitzroy Island off Cairns as a precautionary measure, and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was important for locals to stay up to date with current alerts as the cyclone could change course.

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll track Tropical Cyclone Kimi.(Twitter)

Assistant District Officer Mark Lingwood said emergency services were preparing for the extreme weather and deploying staff to the regions where it was predicted the system could make landfall.

“As with any cyclones, we’re never sure exactly where it’s going to go, it’s anticipated it may cross between Cardwell and Lucinda, but there’s nothing stopping it making a right-hand turn and coming into Cairns,” he said.

“QPS are pre-deploying officers from the Cairns area down to the Tully and Cardwell area and also bringing police officers up to the Ingham area.

He urged people not to travel if possible, and to check road closures if they do need to leave their homes.

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Cyclone Kimi forms off Queensland



A tropical cyclone named Kimi has formed about 140 kilometres north-east of Cooktown.

It is currently a category one system and is expected to move south-west and cross the north tropical coast between Cape Flattery and Ingham on Monday morning.

It may reach category two before making landfall.

As the cyclone approaches, destructive gusts of 130kph could be felt between Cape Flattery and Cairns.

Gales with gusts to 120kph may develop about coastal and island areas between Cape Melville and Cardwell from Sunday evening.

The region has been on flood watch for the past two days, with predictions of heavy rainfall from late Sunday.

Daily totals of between 50 and 100 millimetres are expected.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned that rivers could rise rapidly as the area is already saturated from rainfall in the last two weeks.

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F1 2020: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Kimi Raikkonen, fire, video, photos


Kimi Raikkonen lived up to his famous nickname as ‘The Ice Man’ on Friday when, 12 days after Romain Grosjean’s fireball crash in Bahrain, he coolly climbed from his blazing Alfa Romeo and helped firefighters put out the flames.

Not even a stubborn radio cable connection in the cockpit, which required persistent tugging, could ruffle his composure in practice for this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The fire erupted behind him when the Ferrari engine, an old unit that had run to the end of its racing life, in his car failed at the Yas Marina Circuit.

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Kimi Raikkonen fire, video, practice results


Kimi Raikkonen lived up to his famous nickname as ‘The Ice Man’ on Friday when, 12 days after Romain Grosjean’s fireball crash in Bahrain, he coolly climbed from his blazing Alfa Romeo and helped firefighters put out the flames.

Not even a stubborn radio cable connection in the cockpit, which required persistent tugging, could ruffle his composure in practice for this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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The fire erupted behind him when the Ferrari engine, an old unit that had run to the end of its racing life, in his car failed at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Frenchman Grosjean told AFP he “saw death too closely” in the crash and has missed the two final races of the season.

Raikkonen became known in 2012 for telling his Lotus team ‘leave me alone, I know what I’m doing’ when on his way to victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix nearby.

This time, a radio message from his Alfa Romeo team urged him to escape his parked car rapidly.

“You have a big fire — get the hell out of there quick,” he was told as he pulled and tussled with the cable.

The modest Finn, who is now 41 and a veteran of a record 328 Formula One race starts, remained calm.

“There was nothing scary about it,” he said.

“It’s just a shame that it (the car) gets some fire and gets all messed up, trying to put the fire down. It’s one of those things.

“There is some damage, hopefully mainly bodywork, but we’ll see. It’s just a bit more work for the guys, obviously.”

ABU DHABI PRACTICE TWO RESULTS

1) Valtteri Bottas — Mercedes 1:36.276

2) Lewis Hamilton — Mercedes +0.203

3) Max Verstappen — Red Bull +0.770

4) Alexander Albon — Red Bull +0.987

5) Lando Norris — McLaren +1.162

6) Esteban Ocon — Renault +1.229

7) Sergio Perez — Racing Point +1.230

8) Charles Leclerc — Ferrari +1.232

9) Daniel Ricciardo — Renault +1.232

10) Lance Stroll — Racing Point +1.284

11) Daniil Kvyat — AlphaTauri +1.325

12) Carlos Sainz — McLaren +1.340

13) Pierre Gasly — AlphaTauri +1.624

14) Kimi Raikkonen — Alfa Romeo +1.792

15) Sebastian Vettel — Ferrari +1.922

16) Kevin Magnussen — Haas +2.228

17) Antonio Giovinazzi — Alfa Romeo +2.288

18) George Russell — Williams +2.541

19) Pietro Fittipaldi — Haas +2.751

20) Nicholas Latifi — Williams +2.856



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F1: Kimi Raikkonen takes cheeky shot at Lewis Hamilton, James Hunt


Kimi Raikkonen has never been afraid to speak his mind and he decided not to hold back on social media either.

The Finnish superstar known as “The Iceman” delivered a hilarious jab at reigning Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton.

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A meme doing the rounds on social media caught the eye of the 2007 world champion, but he decided to add a little something extra to the images.

A side-by-side collage shows off a shirtless James Hunt holding a cigarette between his fingers as he knocks back a drink.



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