10 May 2023

Cape well prepared for Cyclone Tiffany's arrival

| Matt Nicholls
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CAPE York authorities were last night hoping to wake up to good news as Cyclone Tiffany made her way across the Peninsula after arriving on the east coast yesterday.

The Bureau of Meteorology said it was a category two cyclone and made landfall on the Cape around 1pm, about 185km north-west of Cooktown.

Because it came through the Princess Charlotte Bay area, the townships of Cooktown and Lockhart River were largely unaffected yesterday.

Cooktown recorded around 80mm of rain.

However, Coen, which was last night expected to be in the firing line, copped a massive amount of rain, with 150mm recorded between 5.30pm Sunday and 3.30pm Monday.

Tiffany weakened to a category one system as she crossed land, with sustained winds of 85km/h with wind gusts to 120km/h.

Cape Inspector Peter Williamson said it was business as usual for the police stations around the region, although noted that officers were keeping a close eye on the weather.

“If we need more resources we can get them fairly quickly on a plane from Cairns,” he said.

“Fingers crossed we don’t need extra help and we get a lot of rain and not much damage.”

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