Source: Bureau of Meteorology
Issued at 2:05 pm EST on Friday 21 February 2020
Tropical low beginning to develop over the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Karumba to Nhulunbuy, including Mornington Island and Groote Eylandt.
Details of Tropical Low at 1:00 pm AEST [12:30 pm ACST]:
Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 35 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 75 kilometres of 13.4 degrees South 139.7 degrees East, estimated to be 255 kilometres west southwest of Weipa and 350 kilometres east northeast of Groote Eylandt.
Movement: slow moving.
A weak tropical low located over the central Gulf of Carpentaria has recently begun to show early signs of development. The surrounding environment will remain strongly supportive of development of this low over the coming few days, and it is likely to develop into a tropical cyclone during the time period from Saturday night into Sunday morning.
The system is expected to be slow moving at first, before adopting a south-southwesterly track towards the southern Gulf coast during Saturday and Sunday.
GALES are not expected in coastal areas within the next 24 hours, however gales could develop during the day on Sunday.
Tides will be HIGHER THAN NORMAL between Nhulunbuy and Karumba on Sunday. Large waves may produce MINOR FLOODING of low-lying coastal areas.
HEAVY RAIN with the potential to produce flash flooding is expected to develop through much of the warning area during Sunday. Riverine flooding will also become possible, and Flood Watches have been issued for catchments within the warning area.
In the Northern Territory:
- People in Nhulunbuy to the NT/QLD border including Groote Eylandt and surrounding areas should consider what action they will take should the cyclone threat increase.
- Check your household plan.
- Listen for the next advice.
- For cyclone safety and preparation advice www.securent.nt.gov.au
People between Karumba and the Northern Territory border, including Mornington Island, 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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