Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:55 am EST on Tuesday 14 May 2019

Headline:
Tropical cyclone Ann remains category 1 but is continuing to weaken as it moves west-northwest towards the Queensland coast.

Areas Affected:
Warning zone: Lockhart River to Cooktown, including Lizard Island.

Watch zone: None.

Cancelled zone: Cape York to Lockhart River.

Details of Tropical Cyclone Ann at 10:00 am AEST:
Intensity: Category 1, sustained winds near the centre of 65 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 95 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 35 kilometres of 14.5 degrees South 149.2 degrees East, estimated to be 455 kilometres northeast of Cairns and 215 kilometres north northwest of Willis Island.
Movement: west northwest at 22 kilometres per hour.

Tropical cyclone Ann, category 1, is moving towards the west-northwest in the northern Coral Sea. Tropical cyclone Ann is expected to continue its current motion and is likely to cross the northeast tropical coast of Queensland on Wednesday.

Ann has been weakening in the past 12 to 18 hours, and is likely to be re-classified as a tropical low in the next few hours, well before reaching the Queensland coast. However, there is still likely to be a small area of gales on the southern flank of the system as it reaches the coast on Wednesday

Hazards:
GALES with gusts to about 100km/h may develop about the coast and adjacent inland areas between Lockhart River and Cooktown, including Lizard Island, on Wednesday morning.

There is now little threat of gales extending north of Lockhart River to Cape York.

As the cyclone approaches the coast on Wednesday, a storm tide may occur between Lockhart River and Cooktown. Large waves may produce minor flooding along the foreshore. People living in areas which may be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to help their neighbours.

Areas of heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, are likely to develop about the coast and ranges between about Lockhart River and Ingham during Tuesday night and are likely to persist through Wednesday.

A Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Cooktown and Ingham.

Recommended Action:
People between Lockhart River and Cooktown, including Lizard Island, should take precautions and listen to the next advice at 2 pm.

- 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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