BOM to declare Tropical Cyclone Kirrily as it tracks towards Queensland coast

Cyclone Kirrily is expected to be declared today and rapidly intensify to a severe category three system as it moves towards the Queensland coast, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

It’s forecast to cross the coast most likely overnight on Thursday between Cardwell and Airlie Beach, with “widespread, severe impacts,” BOM forecaster Laura Boekel said. 

The system “will continue intensifying once it becomes a tropical cyclone, and at this stage, the most likely scenario is that it could be a severe tropical cyclone before it crosses the coast later in the week,” Ms Boekel said on Monday. 

The system is forecast to cross the coast, most likely on Thursday between Innisfail and Airlie Beach.(Supplied: Bureau of Meteorology)

However, the chance of it being severe when it makes landfall has decreased.

The cyclone watch area is currently from Cairns to St Lawrence, not including Cairns, but includes Townsville, Mackay and the Whitsundays islands.

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Anyone from “Innisfail right down the Sunshine Coast” needs to stay up-to-date as the system develops, State Disaster Coordinator Deputy Commissioner Shane Chelepy said. 

He said Queenslanders must make sure they have petrol, non-perishable food to last 72 hours, and charge power packs for their phones. 

Dams decision

Deputy Commissioner Chelepy said all of the dams from Innisfail to Brisbane have been reviewed, and at this stage no releases are required.

“The concern I hold for this event…is not just the cyclone it’s the potential flooding we’ll see post this event,” he said.

“The bureau have been clear, there’s a lot of rain associated with this event.”

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