Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 12:31 pm EST on Thursday 25 January 2024

Flood Watch Number: 5


Tropical Cyclone Kirrily situated in the northern Coral Sea is moving towards the Queensland coast during Thursday.

Widespread heavy to locally intense rainfall is likely across the Flood Watch area from Thursday. As the Tropical Cyclone approaches the coast, abnormally high tides are likely.

From Friday, the system is likely to track further inland as a tropical low, bringing heavy to locally intense rain to parts of the northern interior of Queensland and western Queensland. The area covered by the Flood Watch will be reassessed and updated daily based on the latest rainfall forecasts.

Catchments across the North Tropical Coast, and parts of the Gulf of Carpentaria including the Norman and Gilbert catchments, are wet following rainfall over recent weeks. Catchments further south and inland within the Flood Watch area are drier.

Widespread rainfall is likely across coastal catchments within the Flood Watch area from Thursday afternoon, extending inland over the coming days.

Refer to the Tropical Cyclone Advice for the latest information on the developing tropical cyclone.

River level rises, including minor to major riverine flooding, are possible from late Thursday across coastal catchments between Tully and Airlie Beach. The flood risk will extend further inland over the weekend and into next week as the rainfall tracks inland. In addition, localised flooding, including flash flooding, is likely. Flooding is also likely to result in disruption to transport routes and isolation of some communities.

Catchments likely to be affected include:
Leichhardt River

Upper Flinders River

Lower Flinders River

Cloncurry River

Norman River

Gilbert River
(Minor flooding easing at Miranda Downs Station)

Tully River

Murray River

Herbert River
(Minor flood warning current due to recent rainfall)

Black River

Ross and Bohle Rivers

Haughton River

Cape River to Burdekin Falls Dam

Burdekin River to Burdekin Falls Dam

Burdekin River downstream of Burdekin Falls Dam

Don and Proserpine Rivers

Thomson River

See to view the current flood warnings for Queensland.

For more information on the Flood Watch Service:
Flood Safety Advice:

This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Current emergency information is available at

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 219 at a low call cost of 27.5 cents, more from mobile, public and satellite phones.

Warning, rainfall and river information are available at

Rainfall and River Conditions Map