Cyclone could form off Qld coast this week

RACQ has warned a monsoon trough located north of Cape York was forecast to move towards the Queensland coast and could form into a tropical cyclone by the weekend.

Last week the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warned the system could increase the chance a tropical cyclone would form but predicted the system could move south in coming days.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the monsoon was located near Papua New Guinea.

“In its weekly tropical climate note, BOM has forecast an increase in monsoonal activity and the potential for a cyclone to form,” Ms Ross said.

“If a tropical cyclone does develop it could deliver heavy and widespread rainfall across the north of the State.”

Ms Ross said it was important Queensland families took the time to consider what needed to be done around the house in preparation for the potential cyclone and to put their emergency plans in place.

“Take a good look around the outside of your home and remove debris, like branches and trees, clean your gutters and make sure your roof is secure and doesn’t leak,” she said.

“Plan ahead by pulling together your emergency kit with essential food, water and medical supplies, and have an emergency plan for your family and pets, in case you need to evacuate.

“Taking time now to prepare for a storm event is well worth the effort, because once the storm hits, it’s too late.”