Issued at 10:34 am Tuesday, 28 January 2014.
A tropical low was situated in the northern Coral Sea, approximately 870 kilometres east-northeast of Cairns, and moving southwest at around 10 kilometres per hour. The tropical low is expected to move in a general westwards direction over the next couple of days and may develop further as it approaches the Queensland east coast. The potential for the system to develop into a tropical cyclone will be assessed during today and Tropical Cyclone Advices will be issued if required.
Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, and damaging winds, with peak gusts in excess of 90km/h, are expected to develop about coastal and adjacent inland areas between Port Douglas and the area north of Mackay during Wednesday afternoon. 24 hour rainfall totals in excess of 200mm are possible.
Water levels on the high tide are also likely to exceed the highest tide of the year about coastal areas between Port Douglas and the areas north of Mackay over the next couple of days.
Locations which may be affected include Hamilton Island, Proserpine, Bowen, Townsville, Cairns, Port Douglas and Mareeba. For further Weather Warnings visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.
SAND & SANDBAGS
From Wednesday morning, 29 January 2014 sand and sand bags will be available for residents to ‘self-fill’ from the following locations:
SES Shed at the rear of the Douglas Shire Council building in Front Street, Mossman
- Port Douglas Community Hall car park
Residents are advised to bring a spade for filling bags. For best results and effectiveness sand bags should be 2/3 full only. For further information on sand bags please contact Council Ph: 4099 9444.