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More than 1. 000 people have been without power in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland since 3:00 p.m. Sunday after tropical cyclone Imogen traveled through the region overnight.
TC Imogen crossed the country north of Karumba around 9:00 p.m. and dropped a lot of rain on the townships.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Ricus Lombard said TC Imogen is expected to be downgraded by a cyclone today.
“Currently, [TC Imogen] is still sitting in this fringing area of Cat [Category] 1 so it will continue to run as Cat 1, but it is expected to wear off as we progress through the morning through the afternoon. ” he said.
“Given that this is a Cat 1, there is a significant amount of rainfall associated with it – this is probably the primary concern of this system. “
Mr Lombard said rainfall is not limited to the Gulf, and areas between Georgetown and Townsville also fall between 50mm and 90mm of rain overnight.
“Definitely the risk of flooding increases, especially from northern parts, and as soon as this low species approaches the east coast, it also forms a coastal trough which is very active for the people of the northern tropical coast and even all the way down the coast to Mackay. “
On Sweers Island in the Gulf, Lyn and Tex Battle said the wind and rain levels on Sunday were unexpected.
Ms. Battle said the rain was very welcome. 162 mm was measured on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m..
“My amateur radio antenna is still there . . . Tex had to unscrew the pump from the well before it was submerged. “
“As soon as things go a little further in the morning we’ll catch up a bit and look, but I didn’t get any calls last night so I’d say everyone was huddled up and doing fine,” said Cr, Bawden said.
“People tend to be better prepared and before Christmas we cleaned up and sensitized and everything, so I hope everything is okay. “
“It was pretty gusty all night . . . I think we got gusts of up to 110 km / h which is not much, but when they whistle over your roof it sounds a lot, “he said.
“There will be plenty of water between here and east wherever it goes – Croydon and Georgetown are sure to get the rain from it.
“I would say in the near future we will just be isolated – the roads were on the verge of being cut to the east yesterday.
“I think it’s still okay to head south to Cloncurry, but how long that’ll stay open is just a guess. “
He said while the region was always prepared for summer storms and cyclonic activity, TC Imogen arrived earlier than expected.
“We know this happens every year. It’s probably a little earlier this year than we’re used to, usually around Easter or late February, “he said.
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