Tropical Cyclone Niran is expected to intensify into a category three storm within the next 24 hours, bringing gales to coastal and island communities.
The slow-moving category two system is hovering about 355 kilometres north-east of Cairns.
Winds of 100 kilometres per hour have been recorded at Niran’s centre, with gusts up to 140kph.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) updated its warning zone on Wednesday morning, with communities from Cape Melville to Innisfail now in the warning zone.
The cyclone is not expected to make landfall.
However, as the system strengthens, gales up to 100kph may develop today or early tomorrow which will impact Innisfail, Cooktown, Port Douglas, and Cairns.
“We probably won’t have an income after we’ve cleaned up now until probably September, October this year.
“And same for everyone in this area as well.”
Meanwhile, Townsville’s BOM radar which went off-line on Sunday morning should be working again by Thursday.
BOM senior officer Peter Stone said a part had failed and was being replaced.
“One of the design features of the way we have our radars placed is, if one goes down there are overlapping radars,” he said.
“So, if you look at the radar image for Townsville on the bureau APP for example, the Bowen radar has been covering.”