Brisbane’s most tightly held suburbs; Hitting kids still legal in Qld; Next Qld cyclone tipped to hit in days

Queenslanders have been urged to put preparations in place ahead of extreme weather predicted across the state in coming days.

Premier Steven Miles said authorities were now more confident the tropical low in the Coral Sea was likely to intensify into a tropical cyclone on Tuesday.

The likely path of Cyclone Kirrily, as predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology on Monday morning.

The likely path of Cyclone Kirrily, as predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology on Monday morning.Credit: Bureau of Meteorology

It was predicted to cross the coast between Innisfail and Airlie Beach on Thursday.

“The bureau has warned that severe impact is likely, particularly if the crossing occurs near or south of Townsville,” Miles said.

The system was expected to bring heavy rainfall that might lead to flash flooding.

Other areas of the state, including central and southern inland Queensland, were also predicted to experience heavy rainfall and possible flooding after the cyclone crossed the coast.

Queensland police Deputy Commissioner Shane Chelepy urged all residents to stay across forecasts and warnings, which would be issued every six hours, and begin preparations now.

“Go to your local disaster management website, go to our Get Ready Queensland website and take some basic preparations such as ensuring you have sufficient [long-life] food in your house,” he said.

Residents were also told to fill cars up with fuel, charge any power packs and bottle water.

“It is absolutely critical that if you are anywhere between Innisfail or Airlie Beach, that you stay connected with our messaging for the cyclone,” Chelepy said.

“More importantly, if you are between Innisfail right down to the Sunshine Coast and south-east Queensland, that you stay connected because after the cyclone does cross the coast, we will see flooding.”

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