Flood-hit areas brace as Tropical Cyclone Lincoln forms

Australia's north is bracing for another possible tropical cyclone following Kirrily and Jasper.

Australia's north is bracing for another possible tropical cyclone following Kirrily and Jasper. Photo: AAP

A third cyclone in as many months has formed off the Australian coast as rain-lashed regions brace for more wild weather.

Wind gusts up to 110km/h and heavy rainfall are set to impact Gulf of Carpentaria coastal areas after Tropical Cyclone Lincoln formed on Friday.

It is set to make landfall as a category one system between the Northern Territory-Queensland border and the NT’s Port McArthur by Friday night.

“As it moves inland tonight, the system is expected to weaken and begin moving west across the central Northern Territory over the weekend,” the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Some regions in Lincoln’s sights are still reeling from the last cyclone.

A woman, believed to be an Indian national, has been found dead in a car submerged in northwest Queensland floodwaters left in the wake of ex-cyclone Kirrily.

The vehicle was spotted in the flooded Malbon River at Duchess near Mount Isa on Thursday afternoon.

It is believed the 28-year-old woman had tried to drive through a flooded causeway.

“Heart breaking tragedy in Australia: an Indian national lost her life in a flooding incident near Mount Isa, Queensland,” the Indian High Commission in Australia posted on social media on Friday.

“Deepest condolence to the family of the deceased.”

Some northwest areas are still isolated due to widespread flooding caused by ex-cyclone Kirrily which lingered for days after crossing the Queensland coast weeks ago.

Tropical Cyclone Jasper also caused record flooding in Queensland’s far north after making landfall north of Cairns in mid-December.

Some communities didn’t take any chances as the third cyclone of the season loomed.

In the NT, people were relocated from the Beswick community south of Katherine.

More than 60 residents were also evacuated from Burketown in Queensland’s northwest which has recorded 135mm of rain in the last 24 hours.

Burke Shire mayor Ernie Camp said while Gulf communities were used to some isolation during the wet season, the consecutive severe weather events had been taking a toll.

“Everybody is feeling a little bit nervous,” he told AAP.

‘It’s certainly draining our resources, mentally as well considering these events are so close together.”

Mr Camp said supplies have been dropped into the Aboriginal community of Doomadgee which has been cut off by floodwaters for more than a month.

A cyclone warning area has been declared spanning Bing Bong in the NT to Queensland’s Mornington Island on Friday.

As Lincoln approached, the bureau warned people in Borroloola, NT and surrounding areas to remain inside and stay calm with “dangerous” winds expected.

“Do not go outside if you find you are in the eye of the cyclone,” it said.

The bureau also urged people living between the Queensland-NT border and Burketown to take precautions and monitor alerts.

Besides heavy rain and gales, the cyclone is also set to bring higher than normal tides across the southern Gulf region, causing minor flooding to low lying areas.

The system is set to weaken as it moves inland over central NT during the weekend and then into northern Western Australia, bringing heavy rainfall.

But the bureau warned the system was at “moderate” risk of becoming a cyclone again if it reached waters west of the Kimberley in WA later next week.

Meanwhile, heavy rain on Friday lashed Queensland’s southeast causing flash flooding and road closures.

In what was described as Brisbane’s wettest day since the 2022 floods, Rosalie recorded 197mm, Bowen Hills copped 135mm while 148mm soaked Mt Cootha.

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