NQ on high alert as Cyclone Kimi approaches

RACQ has urged north Queensland residents to act now to prepare their homes and families as Tropical Cyclone (TC) Kimi threatened to make landfall Monday afternoon.

RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said the category one system had already proved its unpredictability with its initial forecast path being updated with towns from Port Douglas south to Ayr now in the line of fire.

“TC Kimi has already changed its forecast path once so all north Queensland residents need to act now and ensure they’re ready for potentially destructive high winds and heavy rainfall,” Ms Clinton said.

“If it’s safe to do so, head outside now, tie down outdoor furniture and bring inside toys and bikes. These objects can become missiles in high winds and cause significant damage and even risk lives.

“Park your car in a garage or undercover, but never under a tree.

“Now is also the time to check on your animals and move them to safety and also check in with elderly family members and neighbours to make sure they’re OK.”

Ms Clinton suggested all Queenslanders should use TC Kimi as a reminder to prepare an emergency kit and emergency plan.

“If you’re in north Queensland, now is the time to locate your emergency kit and make sure it is up-to-date with enough food, water and essentials, like medication, to last a few days,” she said.

“You also need to talk with your family about your emergency plan – will you stay home or leave, and if so, where will you go? Make sure you have a back-up plan in case your first option is unavailable, and ensure each member of the family knows their role.

“If you’re elsewhere in Queensland, TC Kimi is a good reminder of just how quickly the weather can turn here in the sunshine state so if you don’t already have an emergency kit or emergency plan, now is the time to make one.”

Ms Clinton also warned north Queensland residents against unnecessary travel.

“Avoid heading out on the roads if you can. If you do need to travel check RACQ Road Conditions before you leave to find the safest route and never drive through floodwater.”