Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in parts of North Tropical Coast and Tablelands, Herbert and Lower Burdekin and Central Coast and Whitsundays Forecast Districts.
Issued at 11:01 am Wednesday, 11 March 2020.
A low pressure system is likely to produce damaging wind gusts and heavy falls about parts of the northeast coast.
A low pressure system is currently located over the Cape York Peninsula. The low is forecast to move into the Coral Sea by Thursday, where it is expected to combine with a strong southeasterly wind surge to produce gusty winds and possible heavy falls.
DAMAGING WINDS, with peak gusts of around 90km/h, are expected to develop from tomorrow afternoon along exposed coastal locations and elevated terrain in the warning area.
HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING may develop later this evening and continue into Thursday in the warning area. Falls in excess of 160mm over 6 hours are possible.
Severe thunderstorms with heavy rainfall are possible more broadly across northern Queensland today and tomorrow, separate thunderstorm warnings will be issued if required.
A separate Flood Watch is current for the Peninsula and coastal catchments north of Mackay, see [http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDQ20900.html].
Locations which may be affected include Bowen, Palm Island, Ingham, Innisfail, Ayr, Proserpine, Cardwell, Lucinda and the Whitsunday Islands.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.