North Queensland residents are making their final preparations as category two Tropical Cyclone Kimi is set to make landfall. The warning zone extends from Innisfail to Ayr, including Lucinda, Palm Island and Townsville, with the system 30 kilometres east-south-east of Cairns and 195 kilometres north of Townsville.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned the cyclone could generate wind gusts up to 150 km/h between Ayr and Hinchinbrook Island, and dump heavy rain and cause major flooding between Innisfail and Bowen.
Uncertainty remained around the cyclone's movements. As of Monday afternoon it was expected to slow, stall and weaken off the coast between Hinchinbrook Island and Townsville on Tuesday, but could cross the coast in that area on Monday night or on Tuesday.
Sellars Farms owner Naomi Brownrigg at Mission Beach, 110 kilometres south of Cairns, said Kimi was "a little one" compared with previous cyclones. "We’re cutting fruit and we’re tying up the banana trees, making sure everything is tied up so it helps support the tree in the event of any wind," she told brisbanetimes.com.au. "We might get a bit of wind but that's part of having a banana farm ... It's a bit of a wait-and-see.”
Photo source: Bureau of Meteorology