The year 2021 took-off with an extreme weather kick-start as Tropical Cyclone Imogen has made landfall in North Queensland. Thus far, this has caused damage to buildings, flooding roads and uprooting trees.
The Category 1 weather system crossed the Gulf of Carpentaria coast just to the north of Karumba overnight; however, it has now weakened to a tropical low.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the system remains “dangerous” and is warning residents in its path of destructive winds and heavy rain that is likely to lead to flash floods.
Since 9.00 am yesterday, with falls of 192 millimetres at Mornington Island. Meanwhile, at Kowanyama, 74 millimetres of rain poured.
The wind was recorded up to 95 kilometres an hour were also detected upon crossing the coast.
Hence, extreme weather conditions resulted in receiving 51 requests for assistance in the northern region since midday on Sunday for The State Emergency Services. Following a number of 90 roads being closed across Queensland, drivers are being warned to avoid flooded crossings.
Also, hundreds of properties remain without power after electricity was cut overnight. The cyclone is set to weaken as it moves further eastward towards Cairns and Cardwell, but residents in its path are being warned to prepare for more heavy rain in the days ahead.
As per the Bureau “The low is expected to continue moving east-southeastwards in the short term, taking it further inland today. Longer-term, the system is expected to track more slowly to the southeast towards the North Tropical and Herbert-Lower Burdekin coasts.”
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