The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has today moved the Mount Isa and Cairns District Disaster Management groups to ‘alert’ status as a cyclone warning is issued for parts of the Far North.
Acting Superintendent Rhys Newton of the Cairns District Disaster Management Group said police and emergency services were urging residents to be prepared for heavy rain, potential gales and a storm surge.
“While people in the Far North are used to cyclones and generally know what to expect, it is never okay to become complacent,” he said.
“Our region has already been soaked with significant rainfall and with the potential for a cyclone to develop this evening, further areas of heavy rain are likely. Many roads have already been cut due to heavy rainfall.
“We are urging people to finalise their preparations now – that means checking your emergency kit is up-to-date, securing your property and making sure you have enough supplies to be self-sufficient in the event your home is isolated by flood waters.
“Police and emergency services, through the District Disaster Management Group, will continue to monitor the situation throughout the night and issue further updates as the system approaches Queensland.”
KEY WEATHER INFORMATION:
- A cyclone WARNING is current for coastal and island communities between Karumba and Cape Keerweer.
- A tropical cyclone may develop later today in the southeastern Gulf of Carpentaria.
- Gales may develop this evening between Karumba and Cape Keerweer, particularly between Kowanyama and Karumba.
- Very heavy rainfall that could potentially lead to flash flooding may develop between Weipa and Karumba this evening and should gradually extend inland during Thursday.
- A flood watch for the Gulf Rivers, Cape York Peninsula and North Tropical Coast catchments is also current.
- Widespread rainfall is forecast to affect the Gulf of Carpentaria and the western part of the Cape York Peninsula during Wednesday.
- Heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding.