As many as 40,000 homes and businesses have been left without power amid warnings a cyclone is likely to form off the north Queensland coast, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and abnormally high tides.
Power lines, trees and fences were brought down in Cairns on Monday as the tropical low strengthened.
Ergon Energy said crews were working through “challenging” conditions to address outages across Far North Queensland which had impacted thousands of customers.
“Wind and heavy rain have brought down trees and branches on to powerlines, so please take care and be aware of this life-threatening hazard,” it said.
“Our crews will be working as quickly as they can to restore power, but we ask for your patience when they are delayed by…