A Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds and heavy rainfall has been issued for people in far north Queensland.
It comes after a slow-moving tropical low was located about 200km northeast of Lockhart River around 10.00am Saturday.
The Bureau of Meterology says the system is currently “embedded within the strengthening monsoon trough, which extends from the Arafura Sea and into the northern Gulf of Carpentaria and Coral Sea.”
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The embedded tropical low is expected to intensify this weekend while moving slowly west towards Cape York Peninsula, with the weather bureau warning “the tropical low and monsoon trough are expected to produce areas of heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, and damaging wind gusts.”
They say six hourly totals between 120mm to 180mm are likely from today and extending into Sunday, with damaging winds and peak gusts up to 90km/h also possible from tomorrow afternoon.
Locations which may be affected include Lockhart River, Coen, Cooktown, Musgrave and Hope Vale.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.