Queensland Tropical Cyclone Track Map
Tropical Cyclone Debbie
Tropical Cyclone Debbie was located 580 kilometres east northeast of Townsville and 650 kilometres east of Cairns.
A tropical cyclone watch is in place Cape Tribulation to St Lawrence including Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands. GALES are not expected along the coast today.
The system was tracking southwards, but has recently turned southwest and is expected to move in a general west-southwest direction as it strengthens until landfall. It is likely to make landfall as a severe category system.
Abnormally high tides are expected to occur between at least Lucinda and Mackay as the cyclone approaches the coast. Large waves may also develop along the beachfront.
A flood watch is current for the area as 3-day rainfall exceeding 200mm is likely along the coast between Cooktown and Mackay through Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Tropical Cyclone Debbie is strengthening quickly on its journey to make landfall, likely between Lucinda and Proserpine on Monday or Tuesday.
A cyclone off northern Queensland could intensify to category five by the time it crosses the coast somewhere between Cardwell and Bowen, near Townsville, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned.
A tropical low brewing 600 kilometres north-east of the Queensland coast could make landfall somewhere between Cairns and Townsville early next week as a category four cyclone or higher, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.