2018-12-31 by W.M.
Bureau of Meteorology – Queensland Severe Weather Warning 2
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
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Severe Weather Warning
for HEAVY RAINFALL
For people in parts of Peninsula and North Tropical Coast and Tablelands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 10:55 am Monday, 31 December 2018.
Heavy rainfall developing about the northeast tropical coast between Cape Tribulation and Cape Melville today, extending further over the warning area on Tuesday.
Weather Situation: At 10am AEST Monday, a tropical low was located over the Gulf of Carpentaria about 210km west of Weipa. The low is situated along a strengthening monsoon trough, which extends across the northern Gulf of Carpentaria and northern Coral Sea.
The tropical low is expected to intensify while remaining slow moving over eastern Gulf of Carpentaria waters today and is expected to reach tropical cyclone strength early on Tuesday. The system should then move towards the west Peninsula coast during Tuesday.
A strong onshore wind flow to the south of the monsoon trough will extend onto the coast and nearby inland between about Cape Tribulation and Cape Melville today. This will result in heavy rainfall developing that may lead to localised flash flooding, with 6 hourly rainfall totals in excess of 150mm possible.
The area of heavy rainfall is expected to extend further north and south over the warning area on Tuesday as the tropical system shifts east southeastwards into the Peninsula district. 6 hourly rainfall totals in excess of 150mm are possible.
A tropical cyclone advice is current for the western Peninsula and Torres Strait Islands. Flood warnings are current for the Daintree, Mossman, Tully, Murray and upper Herbert Rivers. A Flood Watch remains in place for coastal catchments north of Cardwell.
Locations which may be affected include Lockhart River, Coen, Cooktown, Wujal Wujal, Daintree Village, Hope Vale, Mossman and Port Douglas.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* 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.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 pm AEST Monday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.