Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of North Tropical Coast and Tablelands Forecast District.

Issued at 8:32 pm Thursday, 25 January 2024.

Localised damaging wind gusts likely tonight in the North Tropical Coast.

Weather Situation: Severe Tropical Cyclone Kirrily is making landfall in the Herbert and Lower Burdekin near Townsville. Strong westerly winds on the north side of the system are resulting in damaging wind gusts across the North Tropical Coast.

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS with peak gusts of around 100 km/h are likely about elevated terrain and valleys in the North Tropical Coast tonight.

Winds are expected to ease during Friday morning and Tropical Cyclone Kirrily weakens and moves inland.

A Severe Weather Warning for HEAVY, LOCALLY INTENSE RAINFALL AND DAMAGING WINDS is also current for inland parts of Queensland. See for details.

A separate Tropical Cyclone Advice is current for areas closer to the coast. See for more information.

A Flood Watch is also current for coastal and adjacent inland catchments between Tully and Airlie Beach, and parts of the Central West and Gulf catchments. See for more information.

Locations which may be affected include Mossman, Gordonvale, Daintree Village, Babinda, Julatten and Redlynch.

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.