Cyclone Esther to impact Queensland coast

With Cyclone Esther in the Gulf of Carpentaria due to make landfall on Monday afternoon, RACQ has urged residents near the Northern Territory-Queensland border to stay inside and avoid driving.

Bureau of Meteorology had issued cyclone and flood warnings for residents in Burketown, Doomadgee and Karumba, predicting heavy rain, high tides and gale force winds of up to 110 kilometres per hour.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie urged residents to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel.

“With heavy rain and abnormally high tides expected to swamp the coast, it’s crucial motorists don’t drive through flooded roads and be mindful of where they park their car in low-lying areas,” Ms Ritchie said.

“After the threat has passed, drivers will also need to be on the lookout for debris and fallen trees on the roads due to the damaging winds.”

Ms Ritchie said reminded all Queenslanders to ensure their home was ready for severe weather.

“Remove debris, like branches and trees, clean your gutters, make sure your roof doesn’t leak, and ensure any loose items in your yard are secured,” she said. 

“It’s also a good idea to get an emergency kit together with essential food, water and medical supplies.

“Summer is certainly not over yet and we will continue to have severe storms and cyclones in the coming months and now is not the time to become complacent.”