TOWNSVILLE, Australia, March 19 (UPI) — Northeast Australia prepared Saturday for a tropical cyclone headed toward the coast of Queensland.
Mark Hentschel, a spokesman for the Weather Bureau, said Cyclone Ului was expected to make landfall near Townsville early Sunday morning, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported. High winds were expected to hit the coast between Townsville and Yeppoon by late Saturday.
Ferry services to offshore islands were already being canceled Saturday, and harbors were crowded with yachts as their owners sought shelter from the coming storm.
Brian Rolstone, a senior forecaster, said as much as 8 inches of rain could fall in some areas, while 2 to 4 inches would be more common. He warned of flooding both on the coast and in some inland areas.
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