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14 May, 2019

Tropical Cyclone Ann expected to cross coast tomorrow

Tropical Cyclone Ann expected to cross coast tomorrow

By Rhys Thomas

The far north Queensland coast is expected to be hit by a late-season tropical cyclone, with Tropical Cyclone Ann predicted to make landfall on Wednesday.

Tropical Cyclone Ann has been downgraded to a category one system and could possibly become a tropical low by the time it hits the mainland.

Nonetheless precautions have been put in place by local governments and the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), with gusts up to 100km/h a possibility.

A flood watch has been issued for coastal areas from Cooktown to Ingham where areas of heavy rain may produce flash floods.

Storm tides also pose a threat from Lockhart River down to Cooktown as the cyclone approaches.

If it crosses the coast tomorrow as a category one system, it will mark the first May cyclone far north Queensland has had in 30 years.

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