Cyclone likely for Queensland's far north

Cyclone Penny expected over New Year's Eve in Far North Queensland

Cyclone Penny expected over New Year's Eve in Far North Queensland

Tropical Cyclone Penny slammed into the far north coast of Australia's Queensland state near Rio Tinto Group's Weipa bauxite mine, triggering warnings of flash flooding and damaging winds.

The weather bureau says the monsoon trough is very active and there is the potential for a cyclone to develop near Cape York Peninsula by new years eve or January 1.

A cyclone warning is current on Monday for a stretch of coast from Cape Keerweer to Cape York, taking in the communities of Weipa, Aurukun, and Mapoon.

Rivers and creeks are already swollen after heavy rain soaked the region over Christmas, with parts of the far north receiving more than 400mm in the past week. "Under no circumstance should people enter flooded creeks or causeways by road or on foot".

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services' far northern region assistant commissioner, John Bolger, said it was important locals followed the directions of authorities and either shelter in place until the cyclone passed or relocate if asked.

Rowan Kahn, 28, was found was found dead on Monday in a flooded creek near where he went missing on Saturday.

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The system is now over the Gulf of Carpentaria and moving west but is expected to turn back towards the Queensland coast tomorrow.

The woman was last seen walking into fast-flowing Wallaby Creek at Rossville, north of Cairns, on Thursday.

Peak gusts of more than 90km/h are expected on Monday with heavy rainfall expected to cause flooding over the coming days.

"We're not anxious about wind just yet on the east coast, at least for next 24 hours", Narramore said.

Tides are expected to heighten through the Torres Strait. A flood watch alert remains for coastal catchments north of Cardwell, including across Cape York Peninsula.

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