TC Iris reformed as Cat 1: now tracking south
Tropical Cyclone Iris has re-formed in the Coral Sea, a day earlier than predicted.
The Bureau has just issued an update, saying Tropical Cyclone Iris (Category 1) with central pressure 995 hPa was located over the Coral Sea near latitude 16.9 south longitude 148.7 east, which is about 310 km east of Cairns and 330 km northeast of Townsville.
The cyclone is moving southwest at 13 kilometres per hour.
Tropical cyclone Iris has redeveloped in the Coral Sea off the tropical Queensland coast.
Tropical cyclone Iris is expected to continue moving southwest for most of the day today, before becoming slow moving tonight. On Tuesday the system is expected to turn east and move away from the Queensland coast. It may develop further, but is not expected to cross the Queensland coast.
Damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall are possible about coastal and island areas between about Rollingstone and Sarina as the cyclone makes its closest approach to the coast.
LAST night the first of the Bureau of Meteorology's severe weather warnings was issued for a huge section of the North Queensland coast including the Whitsundays.
The Proserpine River remains on flood watch and strong marine wind warning has been issued today for the Mackay coast.
However, despite heavy rain falling in Cannonvale overnight both Shute Harbour Road at Hamilton Plains and Gregory Cannon Valley Road at Crofton Creek remain open.
At 4am the BoM was reporting ex-Tropical Cyclone Iris was 400km east-northeast of Cairns and slowly moving south-southwest at 8 km/h.
"Damaging winds, with peak gusts in excess of around 100km/h, may develop about the coast, islands and higher terrain within the warning area during Monday evening or Tuesday morning," the warning read.
This morning via Twitter the BoM said former TC Iris had "a burst of life overnight" and is now has a "high chance" of redeveloping back into a tropical cyclone on Tuesday.
"(It's) likely to remain offshore, but will still enhance rain and winds about the tropics," the BoM said via Twitter.
Last night issue No. 4 of a flood watch for coastal catchments between Cairns and Rockhampton was issued.
"Any significant rainfall is likely to cause river level rises and widespread minor flooding from Monday. Moderate to major flooding is possible in the areas of heaviest rainfall, particularly in the North Tropical Coast catchments," the warning read.
Catchments included the Proserpine, Don and the Pioneer Rivers.