North Queensland on cyclone watch over weekend

COASTAL and island communities from Cairns to Mackay have been placed on cyclone watch for a developing tropical low.

The tropical low was expected to be 560 kilometres east northeast of Cairns and 630 kilometres northeast of Townsville and moving west southwest at 34 kilometres per hour.

Tropical cyclone advice here.

The tropical low is expected to intensify into the weekend and it is anticipated it will form into a
tropical cyclone on Sunday.

Gales are expected to develop between Cairns and Mackay during Sunday.

Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is possible between Cooktown and Mackay from late Saturday and should persist into Sunday.

People between Cairns and Mackay should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases:

  • Information is available from your local government
  • For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)
  • For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).

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