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Fires persist as cyclone forms off Queensland coast

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Queensland is continuing to battle more than 100 fires after dangerous conditions persisted at the weekend, while the first tropical cyclone for this season has formed in the Coral Sea.

Insurers have received only a handful of claims from the fires as emergency services have minimised the damage, while cooler temperatures are forecast in the next few days.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said today there is particular attention on the North Stradbroke Island fire, the Deepwater blaze north of Bundaberg and the Karara fire near Warwick.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Meteorology is also monitoring Cyclone Owen, which is about 1000km east of Cairns.

The cyclone is expected to reach Category 2 strength later today, but is likely to remain well off the coast until it weakens later in the week.

In NSW insured losses from last week’s Sydney storms reached $13.5 million from 2750 claims received, the Insurance Council of Australia says.