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14 May, 2019

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland Tropical Cyclone

Please note below notification received from the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland in regards to Tropical Cyclone Advice Number 4.


Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre 

Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this warning.
Issued at 7:34 am EST on Tuesday 14 May 2019

Tropical cyclone Ann remains category 1 as it moves west-northwest towards the Queensland coast.

Areas Affected:
Warning Zone
Coen to Cooktown, including Lizard Island.
Watch Zone
Cape York to Coen, including Lockhart River.
Cancelled Zone
Cooktown to Cape Tribulation.

Details of Tropical Cyclone Ann at 7:00 am AEST:
Intensity: Category 1, sustained winds near the centre of 75 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 100 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 35 kilometres of 14.8 degrees South 149.8 degrees East, estimated to be 490 kilometres east northeast of Cairns and 170 kilometres north of Willis Island.

Movement: west northwest at 23 kilometres per hour.
Tropical cyclone Ann, category 1, is moving towards the west-northwest in the northern Coral Sea. Tropical cyclone Ann is expected to continue its current motion and is likely to cross the northeast tropical coast of Queensland on Wednesday. It is forecast to cross as a category 1 cyclone, though it may weaken to a tropical low before crossing.

GALES with gusts to about 100km/h may develop about the coast and adjacent inland areas between Coen and Cooktown, including Lizard Island, on Wednesday morning, particularly if the cyclone takes a more southerly track than forecast. These GALES may extend north to Cape York, including Lockhart River, later on Wednesday depending on the movement of the cyclone.
As the cyclone approaches the coast on Wednesday, a storm tide may occur between Lockhart River and Cooktown. Large waves may produce minor flooding along the foreshore. People living in areas which may be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to help their neighbours.
Areas of heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, are likely to develop about the coast and ranges between about Lockhart River and Ingham during Tuesday night and are likely to persist through Wednesday.
A Flood Watch has been issued for coastal catchments between Cooktown and Ingham.

Next Advice:
The next advice will be issued by 11:00 am AEST Tuesday 14 May.
This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's website at or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.