A tropical cyclone churning off north Queensland’s coast has been upgraded to a Category 2 system.
Cyclone Niran was packing 95km/h winds and 130km/h gusts as it slowly tracked about 280km northeast of Cairns on Tuesday afternoon, leaving thousands of homes without power and heavy rain causing floods in some areas.
“The cyclone is expected to continue moving slowly to the northeast during today before becoming slow-moving or drifting back slowly to the west this evening into Wednesday,” The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said.
“Niran is expected to continue intensifying over the next day or two.”
A cyclone warning remains in place from Cape Flattery to Mission Beach with gusts up to 100km/h expected by on Tuesday night or during…