Severe weather is forecast in the Far Northern Region for the coming days - please read these safety tips and forecast update.
With the outlook of more rain coming, Council advises residents of Wujal Wujal and surrounding regions to:
- Stock up on food and electricity as creeks are now likely to go over at short notice
- Stay close to home – do not travel too far
- Be prepared for and watch out for fallen power lines – do not go near or touch fallen power lines. Any sightings should be reported to Council immediately.
The following weather outlook was issued by the State Disaster Coordination Centre, State Operational Coordination Branch, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 1:57 PM:
- A deep coastal trough and associated southeasterly wind surge is currently located around the Cape Melvillle area.
- This trough and swathe of strong winds will progress north whilst intensifying over the next few days.
- Winds gusts of 60 to 70 km/hour are possible about coastal areas between Cairns and Lockhart River today.
- On Thursday, this area will shift north with wind gusts between 80 and 90 km/hour possible from Douglas to Cape Granville. There is also a slight chance of damaging wind gusts in excess of 90km/hour in this area.
- Over the next 48 hours, slow moving thunderstorms may produce locally heavy falls about the eastern Peninsula.
- Depending on the development of the trough, event totals between 100 and 150 mm are possible, particularly between Cape Flattery and Cape Granville.
- From Friday onwards, this area of strong winds will most likely contract offshore with the risk of damaging winds easing.
- This wind surge may assist in the development of any tropical lows in the north-western Coral Sea from Friday onwards.
- At this stage, the likelihood a tropical cyclone developing has been assessed to be very low today and tomorrow increasing to low on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- The most favourable zone for development is around the Gulf of Papua.
- If a system were to form, it would move east, and away from the Queensland Coast.