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Residents in far north Queensland are on cyclone alert, as two tropical lows threaten to strengthen and batter the region.

Queensland's first tropical cyclone of the season will hit Cape York with high winds and torrential rains by tomorrow, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

Forecaster Tony Wedd said a low pressure system which had travelled along the Northern Territory coast had been upgraded to a category one cyclone - dubbed tropical cyclone Nelson - at 8am (AEST) today due north of Mornington Island.

"It's moving to the east, south-east, towards the south-western Cape York peninsula," Mr Wedd said.

"It'll probably make landfall on that south-western Cape York peninsular coast some time tomorrow, maybe around lunch time or maybe a bit earlier."

By then it could have grown into a category two cyclone bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the region, or it could weaken to a rain depression as early as tomorrow evening, he said.

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