Queensland bracing for dangerous weather as cyclone intensifies

Tropical Cyclone Niran continues to wreak havoc on Far North Queensland delivering strong winds and rainfall to the region.

Queensland bracing for dangerous weather as cyclone intensifies

Tropical Cyclone Niran continues to wreak havoc on Far North Queensland, with residents told to brace for strong winds and rainfall forecast to worsen today.

The cyclone is expected to strengthen to a Category 3 system over the next 24 hours with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a fresh cyclone warning for areas between Innisfail in Cairns to Cape Melville.

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Residents in the state's south-east are facing a major clean up after severe storms caused widespread destruction overnight with 100,000 Lightning strikes recorded in the Ipswich area.

The Brisbane suburb of Greenbank was smashed with more than 70mm of rain in half an hour.

Currently 8000 homes are without power because of fallen frees and destructive winds.

Banana plantations in far north bore the brunt of the extreme weather hundreds of crops flattened and torn in half.

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The system, now estimated to be 300 kilometres northeast of Cairns and 310 kilometres east northeast of Cooktown is expected to remain slow-moving off the north Queensland coast while gradually intensifying today.

As the cyclone strengthens it may cause gales about exposed coastal and island communities between Cape Melville and Innisfail with gusts up to 100km per hour in areas including Cooktown, Port Douglas, and Cairns.

Queenslanders will be breathe a sigh of relief when the system moves off shore from tomorrow.

The west is also copping a drenching with damaging storms in Perth last night and more storm weather forecast today.

Elsewhere, cool onshore winds are bringing showers to Tasmania while wet weather is forecast for parts of northern NSW today.

In Melbourne conditions will be mostly cloudy and 18C degrees while Adelaide will be fine and sunny with a top of 26C.

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