FNQ residents urged to act now as system intensifies


RACQ has warned far north Queensland residents to check their emergency kits and plans now, with Tropical Cyclone Tiffany expected to make landfall Monday.

Tropical low expected to become TC Tiffany

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the system was expected to bring destructive winds, heavy rain and unusually high tides when it makes landfall, which is forecast to occur between Cooktown and Lockhart River.

“Strong gales and heavy rain could hit this afternoon so it’s vital residents in these areas don’t waste any time,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Tie down any loose items in your yard, like trampolines or outdoor furniture and make sure any boats are also secured.

“Unsecured items can become projectiles in high winds, causing major damage and putting lives at risk.

“Given we’re likely to see a lot of rain and high tides, if you’re somewhere low-lying think about moving your car to higher ground and away from trees.

“Secure windows by closing shutters, if you have them, or by taping them in a criss-cross pattern with strong packing tape.”

Ms Ritchie said residents should also make sure their emergency kit was stocked and they had a plan for if the worst should happen.

“Think about what you would do if you didn’t have power for several days – what would you eat, how would you charge your phones and laptops, and what documents you’ll need,” she said.

“Consider any special medical needs you may have, such as medications, access to power, clean water for dialysis or oxygen.

“Sit down with your household and agree on your emergency plan, you all need to be on the same page about what you’ll do, and where you’ll go, in the case of an event. Have backup options in case your first preference isn’t available.

“If you can, check on elderly neighbours and family members to make sure they’re ok and have all the emergency supplies they need.” 

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