TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for Heavy Rain causing Flash Flooding
For communities over the Cape York Peninsula and North Tropical Coast.
Issued at 4:45 pm on Saturday 5 March 2011
Synoptic Situation: At 4pm a Tropical Low was located over the northwest Coral
Sea about 150 kilometres east of Lockhart River. The low is expected to move
slowly southwest closer to the Queensland coast. While the chances of the low
developing into a weak tropical cyclone remain small, it is still likely to
bring heavy rain areas to far north Queensland.
Heavy rain areas with scattered thunderstorms are expected to affect Cape York
Peninsula, particularly the coast north of Cooktown from tonight, causing flash
flooding and possible flooding of low lying areas. The heavy rain areas are
expected to spread southwards to the North Tropical Coast, between Cooktown and
Cardwell during Sunday.
The State Emergency Service advises that people in the affected area should:
. Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters
. Take care on the roads, especially in heavy downpours
. Avoid swimming in swollen rivers and creeks
Contact the SES on 132 500 for emergency assistance if required.
The next warning is due to be issued by 11 pm EST [Saturday].
This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au
or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and State Emergency
Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.