Tropical Cyclone Iris threatening the Marina.Looking up the Pioneer River towards Mackay from the boat ramp
Tropical Cyclone Iris threatening the Marina.Looking up the Pioneer River towards Mackay from the boat ramp Stuart Quinn

Cyclone weakening but Mackay not out of the woods

TROPICAL Cyclone Iris may be weakening, but Mackay is not out of the woods yet.

The message was driven home by Mayor Greg Williamson on Wednesday afternoon during an update on the weather event.

"We're not quite out of the woods yet with TC Iris,” Mr Williamson said.

"Experts think we're in for a little bit more rain and a little bit more wind.”

Mayor Williamson said the council is not expecting any damage from the winds, which are expected to reach 135km/h, but reminded residents to be vigilant.

He said strong winds means the possibility of falling trees and falling powerlines.

Council-controlled dams have not begun overflowing, and can take about 100mm more rain before spilling.

"We're comfortable with our levels,” he said.

It is likely the District Disaster Management Group will be stood down from tomorrow afternoon.

Tropical Cyclone Iris is expected to weaken into a category 1 cyclone within the next day.

"We're not out of the woods yet, we need to keep everybody on their toes,” Mr Williamson said.

About 12 roads in Calen, Mirani, Marian and Glenella are closed.

SES local controller Selina Neill said 55 volunteers remained on standby to assist residents.

Volunteers have responded to 25 jobs since Saturday.

The last one was at 11.30pm last night, which Ms Neill was able to solve on the phone.



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