Fairfax Media Network

Weather Warnings - Tropical Cyclone Advice for System 1

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this


Issued at 4:44 am EST on Saturday 25 March 2017

High chance of tropical cyclone formation in the Coral Sea today.

Areas Affected:
Warning zone: None.

Watch zone: Cape Tribulation to St Lawrence including Cairns, Townsville,
Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands.

Cancelled zone: None.

Details of Tropical Low at 4:00 am AEST:
Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 55 kilometres per
hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 35 kilometres of 17.0 degrees South 152.2 degrees East,
estimated to be 620 kilometres east northeast of Townsville and 680 kilometres
east of Cairns.
Movement: slow moving.

The tropical low has moved slowly overnight while steadily developing. The low
is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone and adopt a west-southwest track
today, bringing it towards the north Queensland coast. Conditions are expected
to favour the continued intensification of the system as it approaches the
coast over the weekend and into early next week.

GALES are not expected to develop about the Queensland east coast today,
however they could develop about the coast and islands between Cape Tribulation
and St Lawrence, including the Whitsunday Islands, during Sunday.

Based on the current forecast track, 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.

Areas of heavy rain are expected to develop about parts of the northern and
central Queensland coast and adjacent inland areas into Sunday. A Flood Watch
is current for coastal catchments between Cooktown and Mackay, extending inland
to the eastern Gulf River catchments.

Recommended Action:
People between Cape Tribulation and St Lawrence 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
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
or roof damage).

Next Advice:
The next advice will be issued by 11:00 am AEST Saturday 25 March.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State
Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.

A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at:
Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Cyclone threat intensifies for Townsville as tropical low tracks toward the north Queensland city

11:01 EDT

A tropical low off the north Queensland coast is tracking towards Townsville and could cross the coast as a category four cyclone early next week, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is warning.

Category four cyclone possible for north Queensland as tropical low strengthens: BOM

11:00 EDT

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.

Cyclone brewing in north Queensland prompting new residents to prepare early

16:26 EDT

Cyclone preparation comes second nature to many north Queenslanders.