Qld on cyclone watch as system closes in

Cars driving through floodwaters at Rocklea, in Brisbane, last month. Cyclonic conditions could bring more high winds and flooding rains to south-east QLD. Photo QLD Police

BRISBANE, AAP – Queenslanders are on cyclone watch as a tropical low in the Coral Sea tracks towards the coast.

The system is yet to form into a cyclone, but the Bureau of Meteorology expects strong winds and dangerous surf along the southeast Queensland coast later this week.

The low is still more than 1000km offshore but by Thursday and Friday it’s expected to be just 300km away.

And its effects will be felt from the Sunshine Coast south to the Gold Coast from Wednesday.

Redland City Council, which takes in bayside and island communities east of Brisbane, has warned residents to prepare for heavy rain.

It opened a number of sandbagging stations on Tuesday, with SES volunteers on hand to help people.

Meanwhile, north Queensland is continuing to count the cost from serious flooding across the region over the past week or so.

At Ingham, north of Townsville, the Herbert River continues to fall, leaving residents whose homes and businesses flooded to contend with a blanket of sludge.

The Queensland government still doesn’t know how much damage has been done to the road network in the north, but a multi-million dollar damage bills is expected.

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