December 13, 2023

Tropical Cyclone Jasper expected to cross Queensland coast today

By Duncan Murray
December 13, 2023 — 6.48am
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Tropical Cyclone Jasper is expected to hit Queensland’s coast in the coming hours, bringing intense rain and wind with the potential for major damage.

The system was forecast to cross the coast near Port Douglas north of Cairns by Wednesday lunchtime.

Residents have spent the past days preparing for the slow-moving system to arrive, and watching, as it was reclassified up to a category 2 as it neared the coast.

Locals have been told to prepare for flash-flooding and potentially days without power, with evacuation centres established in Cairns, Port Douglas and Cooktown.

A tropical cyclone warning was in place as of Tuesday evening for Cape Flattery down the coast to north of Townsville and inland to Chillagoe.

Destructive winds are set to develop between Innisfail and Wujal Wujal, intensifying early Wednesday morning with gusts of more than 140km/h.

Shops in Port Douglas are preparing for the impact of Tropical Cyclone Jasper expected Wednesday.Credit: Nine News

“Winds of this strength can easily bring down tree limbs, whole trees or power lines, damaging fences, roofs and other properties,” the Bureau’s Miriam Bradbury said.

Cairns mayor Terry James urged locals to stock up and be prepared for up to five days without power.


“The roads will be cut off – potentially the power will be cut off,” he said.

“It’s been over 60 years since we’ve had a direct hit.

“There’s a lot of stories out there that say we’re protected. Well, we’re not protected.”

The system is expected to re-intensify into a tropical cyclone as it moves into the Gulf at the weekend.


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