Tropical Cyclone Nora made landfall in Queensland on Saturday, March 24, bringing strong winds of up to 100 km/h (62 mph), heavy rain, and flooding. The cyclone weakened quickly following landfall, and officials on Sunday stated that winds have abated and are no longer a significant hazard. Flooding is still likely as rains are expected to continue through Wednesday, March 28. As of Sunday, March 25, rainfall had surpassed 100 mm (4 in) in Kowanyama and 150 mm (6 in) across Queensland's northeast coast. Road closures as a result of flooding and debris are prevalent across Queensland; an updated list of closures currently in effect is available here.
Nora is expected to move west in the coming days. Officials have warned residents to monitor developments as there is a risk that the storm could regain strength if it subsequently progresses into the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The Australian cyclone season typically lasts from November to April.
Individuals present in the affected regions are advised to monitor local weather reports and weather alerts issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, confirm travel reservations, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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