News Queensland Communities in lock down as Cyclone Trevor nears Queensland

Communities in lock down as Cyclone Trevor nears Queensland

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Trevor is not exactly the most menacing moniker, but authorities are warning Queenslanders to beware: a cyclone by that name will pack more than a punch when it hits on Tuesday afternoon.

And Tropical Cyclone Trevor may be bigger and more ferocious than forecasters first thought.

Communities are in lockdown amid fears the storm could strengthen to a category four system before it reaches them.

Trevor is expected to reach land as a category three storm just south of Lockhart River about 5pm on Tuesday.

Forecasters think the severe tropical storm could cross the Gulf of Carpentaria and hit the Northern Territory by Saturday.

Homeowners and businesses in far north Queensland are stocking up with food and emergency supplies, and authorities are checking on the vulnerable and elderly, as they prepare for the worst.

Rain has pelted the region ahead of the storm that could bring with it wild wind gusts of up to 220kmh.

Some remote towns are predicted to receive up to 400mm of rain in the next day.

The cyclone warning zone stretches from Orford Ness on the far-north tip of the state to Cape Flattery on the east coast, and Mapoon and Pormpuraaw in the west.

The Bureau of Meteorology also has a watch area in place for areas between Mapoon and Cape York.

Forecasters said abnormally high tides were expected along the coast north of Port Douglas, with some remote and sparsely populated regions predicted to receive rainfall of up to 400mm of rain.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Tuesday the entire community of Lockhart River would go into lockdown from 1pm.
“So what this means is people living in this community need to stay indoors and they will not be able to leave because those destructive winds will intensify over the course of this afternoon,” she said.
When the storm hits Lockhart River, which has a population of 700, the full force of it could last for five hours.
Extra emergency crews, including specialist swift water rescue firefighters, have been deployed to the region to be on standby to help residents.
Locals have been warned to secure boats and property, and stocking up on essentials including food, water and medicine.
The storm would be expected to weaken to a category one system as it crosses the Cape York Peninsula before re-intensifying as it crosses the Gulf of Carpentaria on Wednesday afternoon.

– with AAP