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Power restored to most as Cyclone Niran intensifies

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Category 2 Cyclone Niran hasn't shifted too much overnight. 
 
The slow moving system is currently sitting 350 kilometres northeast of Cairns and 310 kilometres east northeast of Cooktown.
 
There are sustained winds near the centre of 95 kilometres per hour, with wind gusts to 130 kilometres per hour. 
 
However, as the cyclone strengthens, or if it drifts slightly westwards, it may cause gales about exposed coastal and island communities between Cape Melville and Innisfail today or early on Thursday.
 
On Thursday, the cyclone is expected to adopt a southeasterly track and accelerate away from the coast, with forecasters predicting it won't make landfall. 
 
Tropical cyclone Niran is expected to remain slow-moving off the north Queensland coast while gradually intensifying over the next 24 to 36 hours.
 
Power outages 
 
Ergon Energy crews have made great progress, restoring power to roughly 37,000 homes across Cairns and the Cassowary Coast. 
 
Only 6,000 homes are still without power, down from a peak of 43,000 on Monday.
 
Around 150 powerlines were brought down by the wild weather, mainly fallen trees and vegetation.