Cyclone Ita: live coverage as category-five storm on collision course for Queensland coast
Residents in far north Queensland are making last-minute preparations as Cyclone Ita, a destructive category-five storm, moves closer to the coast.
11 April 2014
The weather bureau says Ita has slowed down and should make landfall between Cape Flattery and Cooktown around midnight.
- Cyclone Ita expected to cross the coast between Cape Flattery and Cooktown around midnight.
- Ita is packing winds up to 300 kilometres per hour at its core and is expected to make landfall as a category-five storm - the most severe rating
- Cooktown's main evacuation centre is in lockdown, while residents have been warned that properties built before 1985 may not be able to withstand Ita's impact.
- Weather bureau warns some coastal areas could receive up to 300mm of rain every six hours for several days after Ita hits.
- Wind gusts up to 150kph possible at Port Douglas and Cairns tomorrow
- More than 30,000 Cairns residents urged to evacuate because of a potential storm surge threat
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