Cyclone Tiffany set to hit Cape York, bringing destructive wind and heavy rain

Category two Cyclone Tiffany is expected to cross the Queensland coast between Cooktown and Lockhart River in Far North Queensland today, bringing with it destructive winds and heavy rain.

At 4am the cyclone was about 170 kilometres north north-west of Cooktown and moving west at 18 kilometres per hour.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said the system would weaken slightly over land but might maintain tropical cyclone strength as it moved westward across the cape. 

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The BOM recommends people between Cape Tribulation and Coen, including in Cooktown, complete preparations quickly and be prepared to shelter in a safe place.

People between Cape Grenville and Coen, including Lockhart River, and Mapoon to Gilbert River Mouth should take precautions and listen to the next advice at 8am.

Destructive winds of up to 130kph are expected today as the centre of the cyclone makes landfall.

Heavy rainfall is already occurring in the region and is expected to continue through to Tuesday.

Abnormally high tides are forecast from Cape Tribulation to Lockhart River, with large waves likely along the beachfront.


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