Tropical Cyclone Iris is influencing weather across the entire Queensland coast.
Tropical Cyclone Iris is influencing weather across the entire Queensland coast. Bureau of Meteorology

Uncertainty as TC Iris keeps the rain coming

SHOWERS this morning on the Sunshine Coast are set to continue over the coming days, as cyclonic conditions lash regions in the state's north with gusts of 100km/h.

Tropical Cyclone Iris remains a Category 2 system this morning, sending showers and consistent south-easterly winds over the Sunshine Coast.

Since 9am yesterday 26mm has fallen in Kin Kin, while Eudlo has received 11mm and Glass House Mountains 10mm.

Scattered showers are set to continue, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting an 80 per cent chance of more rainfall tomorrow.

Winds remain south-easterly, reaching peak speeds of 35km/h today and 30km/h on Thursday and Friday.

That same air will eventually circle into the eye of the cyclone, now about 210km north-east of Hamilton Island and heading south south-east at 8km/h.

Hamilton Island is this morning under an onslaught of gale-force winds with gusts exceeding 100km/h, with Mackay and other coastal areas between Bowen and St Lawrence next in the firing line today.

The Bureau no longer believes the system will reach Category 3, but will instead gradually weaken today to a Category 1 intensity.

Forecasters predict the cyclone will weaken further to a tropical low tomorrow and shift to a north-western track, but uncertainty remains over the movement of the system.



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