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Cyclone Ellie crosses Qld coast

Posted February 2, 2009 02:20:00
Updated February 2, 2009 04:00:00

Ex-tropical cyclone Ellie is expected to dump heavy rain.

Ex-tropical cyclone Ellie is expected to dump heavy rain. (

Tropical Cyclone Ellie has crossed the Queensland coast and weakened into a rain depression.

The category one system made landfall at Mission Beach between Townsville and Cairns just after midnight.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Tony Auden from the Bureau's Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre in Brisbane says while wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour are still expected, the storm is fairly weak.

"The main threat from a category one system would be rainfall," he said.

"We have seen heavy falls around the North tropical coast and the Mackay area today."

"So that'll be the ongoing threat between areas from around Innisfail down to Mackay for the next day or so."

Several roads remain cut in the area including the Bruce Highway south of Innisfail.

The bureau's forecasting the storm will move back out to sea within 24 to 36 hours and reform.

It's expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to Queensland's central coast later in the week.

Tags: disasters-and-accidents, cyclones, emergency-planning, australia, qld, cairns-4870, cardwell-4849, cooktown-4871, mackay-4740


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