Residents reminded to be disaster prepared

The Cairns Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) has moved to alert status and is continuing to a monitor tropical low which located about 880 east northeast of Cairns.

The severe weather system is currently in the Coral Sea and according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is likely to become a tropical cyclone tomorrow (Tuesday).

The low is forecast to begin moving to the southwest later today, towards the east Queensland coast.

Mayor Terry James, who is the LDMG Chair, said while BOM’s tracking map currently predicts the system is more likely to impact areas south of Cairns, it was important that residents should remain vigilant and be prepared.

“As we have just experienced, weather systems are unpredictable and while its forecast track suggests an impact south of Cairns, it is a timely reminder to residents that we are still in the wet season and we need to be prepared at all times,” he said.

“I would urge residents to go over their household emergency plans and make sure they are familiar with the Cairns Disaster Dashboard.”

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