Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 4:30 pm EST on Monday 13 May 2019

Cyclone Watch issued between Cape York and Port Douglas as tropical cyclone Ann moves west in the Coral Sea

Areas Affected:
Warning Zone

Watch Zone
Cape York to Port Douglas.

Cancelled Zone

Details of Tropical Cyclone Ann at 4:00 pm AEST:
Intensity: Category 1, sustained winds near the centre of 85 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 120 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 55 kilometres of 15.5 degrees South 153.0 degrees East, estimated to be 790 kilometres east northeast of Cairns and 1070 kilometres east of Coen.

Movement: west at 24 kilometres per hour.

Tropical cyclone Ann, category 1, is moving towards the west in the northern Coral Sea. Tropical cyclone Ann is expected to move to the west-northwest as a category 1 system and is likely to cross the northeast tropical coast of Queensland on Wednesday morning, most likely as a category 1 system.

GALES with gusts to 120km/h may develop about the coast and adjacent inland areas between Lockhart River and Port Douglas during Tuesday evening and may extend north to Cape York on Wednesday morning as the cyclone approaches the coast.

As the cyclone crosses/approaches the coast, a storm tide may occur between Lockhart River and Cape Tribulation. 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 also 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 has also been issued for coastal catchments between Cooktown and Ingham.

Recommended Action:
People between Cape York and Port Douglas 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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