Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 7:54 am EST on Monday 22 January 2024

Tropical cyclone impact likely on the Queensland coast from Wednesday.

Areas Affected:
Warning Zone

Watch Zone
Ayr to St Lawrence, including Mackay and the Whitsunday Islands.

Cancelled Zone

Details of Tropical Low at 7:00 am AEST [6:30 am ACST]:
Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 55 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 55 kilometres of 15.3 degrees South 153.9 degrees East, estimated to be 435 kilometres east northeast of Willis Island and 880 kilometres east northeast of Townsville.

Movement: slow moving.

A tropical low (05U) is slow moving in the central Coral Sea and is likely to become a tropical cyclone during Tuesday. The low is forecast to begin moving to the southwest later today, towards the east Queensland coast.

The system is forecast to cross the coast, most likely between Innisfail and Airlie Beach and during Thursday. From Friday the system is forecast to move inland and further south.

GALES with DAMAGING WIND GUSTS to 120 km/h may develop about coastal and island communities between Ayr and St Lawrence from as early as Wednesday morning and extend to adjacent inland areas later on Wednesday.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING may develop about coastal areas between Ayr and St Lawrence during Wednesday before spreading to adjacent inland areas and possibly further north to the North Tropical Coast during Thursday and into Friday.

From Friday, the system is expected to become an inland rain depression and HEAVY RAINFALL may develop across central and southern inland, as well as southeast Queensland over the weekend as the system tracks south.

As the system approaches the coast, a STORM TIDE is possible between Ayr and St Lawrence. Large waves may produce minor flooding along the foreshore.

Recommended Action:
People between Ayr to St Lawrence, including Mackay and the Whitsunday Islands, should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases.

- Information is available from your local government

- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (

- For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).

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