Keith first hit the coast east of Cairns, then moved back over the ocean and crossed the coast again at Cape Cleveland. Extensive wind damage to the tropical rain forest east of Babinda over the Graham Range as noted in the Hydrological experimental catchments. Large trees were uprooted and some snapped off above the roots. Elsewhere only minor wind damage occurred, however wind and rain combined to cause extensive losses to the banana and sugar crop. Floods cut the highway between Cairns and Townsville. Two men were killed when a yacht smashed into rocks on the western side of Acheron Is.