Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Gulf Country and North West Forecast Districts.

Issued at 5:01 pm Wednesday, 31 January 2024.

Weather situation: Ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily is currently located about 150 km to the north of Mount Isa. The system is expected to continue tracking steadily to the north-northwest tonight and into Thursday morning. It is then expected to stall just south of the Gulf Country coast on Thursday afternoon, where it will likely linger until it starts to move southwards from Friday night.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is ongoing in northern parts of the North West district, and is expected to extend into the Gulf Country overnight. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 90 and 150 mm are likely. 24-hourly totals between 100 and 200 mm are also possible.

Locally INTENSE RAINFALL which may lead to DANGEROUS AND LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODING is also possible on the southern and eastern flanks of the system from Thursday morning, though becoming more likely from Thursday afternoon. Isolated six-hourly totals between 150 and 200 mm are possible, with 24-hourly totals between 200 and 300 mm possible. A separate Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued if VERY DANGEROUS THUNDERSTORMS with INTENSE RAINFALL are detected.

A Flood Watch and several Flood Warnings are also current for the Central West, Channel Country and Gulf of Carpentaria catchments. See for more information.

Locations which may be affected include Burketown, Kamilaroi Station, Augustus Downs Station, Gregory Downs Station, Iffley and Lawn Hill.

147 mm recorded at Trepell Airport in the 24 hours to 9am

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.