Cyclone Ita is now expected to hit Far North Queensland as a Category 5 storm, winds of 280kmh predicted, with a predicted path of destruction that could spread from Cooktown to Cairns.
Still a chance it can blow out a bit, and reduce, before making landfall Friday night, April 11, or lose some of its power when it starts crossing the coast. Maybe. Hopefully. But it's looking like it's going to wreak some terrible destruction and kill people before it's done.
Here's how the storm looked from satellites on Thursday afternoon:
This is the predicted path of Cyclone Ita late Thursday afternoon.
And the infrared view:
Updates to follow.