Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of North West Forecast District.

Issued at 12:23 pm Saturday, 20 January 2024.

Heavy rainfall occurring south and southwest of Cloncurry.

Weather Situation: slow-moving showers and thunderstorms are developing near the monsoon trough, with the potential for heavy rainfall.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

Emergency services advise people to:
* Park your car undercover away from trees.
* Close doors and windows.
* Keep asthma medications close by. Storms and wind can trigger asthma attacks.
* Charge mobile phones and power banks in case the power goes out.
* Put your pets somewhere safe and make sure they can be identified in case they get lost.
* Do not drive now unless you have to because conditions are dangerous.
* Tell friends, family and neighbours in the area.
* Go inside a strong building now. Stay inside until the storm has passed.