'Ferocious' cyclone Trevor hits north Qld

Nicholas McElroy and Christine Flatley
Cyclone Trevor has hit north Queensland communities with heavy rain and winds

A remote north Queensland community is being lashed by rain and winds as cyclone Trevor passes over them on its way to the Northern Territory.

Now a category one storm, Trevor has uprooted trees, closed schools and roads, caused power outages with severe gusts and heavy rain since it made landfall in Queenland's north.

The small Aurukun community was being warned on Wednesday to stay inside while Trevor passes, as clean up began in the communities of Lockhart River and Coen.

Trevor began ripping through the region late on Tuesday, as a category three storm, dumping 300mm of rain and recording wind gusts of more than 133km/h.

Lockhart River Mayor Wayne Butcher said Trevor was the worst he had endured.

"It was ferocious - the wind was just constant between 4pm and midnight," he told AAP.

"This was probably the worst one ... this one basically sat near the community and hounded us for hours.

"I've got a timber house and I could feel it shaking."

Lockhart River resident Hannah Brown posted on Facebook that they had spent the evening "getting absolutely smashed".

"We're okay at the Lockhart River aerodrome, lots of destruction after a horrid night," she wrote.

Cr Butcher said initial reports suggested no major infrastructure damage.

'We've got a few trees across houses and a few sheds have gone flying," he said.

Ergon Energy is returning power to hundreds of homes after a total of 460 customers lost power because of the cyclone.

Weather bureau meteorologist Lauren Pattie said the storm was expected to move towards the Northern Territory on Saturday and Sunday.

However Ms Pattie said it could stall and move back towards Queensland next week.

"It's a little to early to say how strong that system will be when it comes, but we are likely to see an increase in shower and storm activity for the southern part of Queensland," Ms Pattie said.

She said any rains could be welcome news to farmers struggling with drought.

"At this stage we aren't expecting any particularly significant rainfall totals, but that area is quite dry at the moment, I'm sure any rainfall will be welcome," Ms Pattie said.

The cyclone warning for the east coast has been cancelled, but the danger is not entirely over, with fresh risks of flooding.

A moderate flood warning remains in place for the Daintree River, with a general flood warning for the Mossman River.

Roads and schools remain closed across the cape and residents are reminded not to risk driving on flooded roads, and to be careful of wildlife.