Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 7:44 am EST on Wednesday 27 January 2021

Developing tropical low is slow-moving off the western Cape York Peninsula coast.
Areas Affected:

Warning Zone
Mornington Island, and Karumba to Aurukun, including Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw, and nearby inland areas.

Watch Zone
Aurukun to Weipa.

Cancelled Zone

Details of Tropical Low at 7:00 am AEST [6:30 am ACST]:

Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 45 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 55 kilometres of 14.8 degrees South 141.6 degrees East, estimated to be 80 kilometres north northwest of Kowanyama and 330 kilometres northeast of Mornington Island.

Movement: east northeast at 8 kilometres per hour.

The tropical low is expected to remain slow-moving off the western Cape York Peninsula coast and may develop into a tropical cyclone on Thursday. The system should remain slow-moving in the southeastern region of the Gulf of Carpentaria for a few days, after which it may cross the western Cape York Peninsula coast.

HEAVY RAINFALL is forecast about western parts of Cape York Peninsula for the next several days with the potential for 150 to 200 millimetres per day for multiple days. The most likely areas to see these rainfall totals will be coastal parts between Weipa and Gilbert River Mouth.

ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES are expected between the Torres Strait Islands and Pormpuraaw during the next several days. Large waves may produce minor flooding along the foreshore. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to help their neighbours.

GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop about Mornington Island, and communities between Aurukun to Karumba, and nearby inland areas, on Thursday morning.

DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts to 150 kilometres per hour may develop from Thursday night if the system continues to intensify.

GALES may extend north to areas between Aurukun and Weipa later on Thursday or on Friday if the system follows a more northward track.
Recommended Action:

People on Mornington Island, and between Aurukun and Karumba, and nearby inland areas should immediately commence or continue preparations, especially securing boats and property.

- If you choose to take shelter away from your home, stay COVID-19 safe and pack a mask and hand sanitiser (if you have them).

People between Aurukun and Weipa 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 (

- 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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