Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders and parts of Gulf Country, North Tropical Coast and Tablelands, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, North West, Central West and Central Highlands and Coalfields Forecast Districts.

Issued at 2:01 am Friday, 26 January 2024.


Weather Situation: Tropical Cyclone Kirrily, Category 1, was located over land approximately 100km west of Townsville at 1:00am AEST. The system is forecast to weaken to a tropical low over the next 3 hours and continue tracking in a general southwesterly trajectory across the northern interior of the state.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is forecast to develop tonight between the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders district and the area inland of Tully and Ingham, gradually spreading to the west. HEAVY RAINFALL is forecast to extend further inland towards Julia Creek during Friday evening or early Saturday morning. 6-hourly rainfall totals between 80 to 120 mm are likely, with 24-hourly totals up to 180 mm, particularly on the northern flank of the tropical low.

Locally INTENSE RAINFALL which may lead to DANGEROUS AND LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODING is also possible on the northern flank of the tropical low. Isolated 6-hourly totals between 150 to 180 mm are possible, with 24-hourly totals of around 250 mm also possible. A separate Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued if VERY DANGEROUS THUNDERSTORMS with INTENSE RAINFALL are detected.

DAMAGING WINDS with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are possible from Friday morning within the warning area.

Severe weather is expected to slowly extend westwards, subject to the position and strength of the tropical low.

A separate Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS is also current for the North Tropical Coast. See for more information.

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 Mackay, and parts of the Central West and Gulf catchments. See for more information.

Locations which may be affected include Georgetown, Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek, Einasleigh and Stamford.

Mt Garnett has recorded 102mm in 6 hours.

Crooks Dam has recorded 105mm in 6 hours.

Emergency services advise people to:
* If you have children make sure they are with you or an adult you trust.
* 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.