Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Gulf Country and North West Forecast Districts.

Issued at 5:09 pm Monday, 24 February 2020.

Vigorous flow on the periphery of Tropical Cyclone Esther will continue to affect much of the Gulf country this afternoon and overnight.

Weather Situation:At 4pm AEST Monday, Tropical Cyclone Esther, category 1, was located over the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast about 145kms west of Mornington Island, moving west southwest at about 14km/hr.

Tropical Cyclone Esther made landfall between Mornington Island and the NT/Qld border as a category 1 system and will slowly weaken during this evening and overnight as it continues to track west southwest over land.

Damaging wind gusts of around 100km/h are possible this evening and overnight particularly with thunderstorms and any convergent bands feeding into the tropical cyclone.

Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is also possible. 6 hourly totals of 75 to 150mm are possible.

Abnormally high tides are likely to impact the Gulf Coast with water levels on this evening's high tide potentially exceeding the highest tide of the year by up to 0.5m.

Note: A tropical cyclone warning should be viewed in addition to this warning and extends from west of Mornington Island westwards to beyond the Northern Territory border - see http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/index.shtml

Locations which may be affected include Mornington Island, Doomadgee, Camooweal, Burketown, Augustus Downs Station, Riversleigh Station, Gregory Downs Station, Westmoreland Station, Lawn Hill and Barkly.

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.