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EX TC ANN | Severe Weather Warning For NQ

UPDATE | A Severe Weather Warning remains in place for damaging winds and heavy rainfall for people in parts of Peninsula and North Tropical Coast and Tablelands Forecast Districts.

Ex-tropical cyclone Ann is expected to bring damaging winds and heavy rainfall to parts of northeast Queensland.

Weather Situation: At 11am AEST, ex-tropical cyclone Ann was located about 50 kilometres east of Lockhart River. The tropical low will continue to move west-northwest and is expected to cross the northeast Queensland coast this afternoon.

DAMAGING WINDS:

Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90 km/h, are possible between about Lockhart River and Cooktown, including Lizard Island. The winds should gradually ease during early Wednesday afternoon as the low moves across Cape York Peninsula.

HEAVY RAINFALL:

Areas of heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, are developing about the coast and ranges between about Lockhart River and Port Douglas and are expected to persist through the remainder of today.

6-hour rainfall totals may exceed 150mm in isolated locations.

Heavy falls are now no-longer expected south of Cairns, and so the warning here has been CANCELLED.

A Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Cooktown and Port Douglas.

Locations which may be affected include Port Douglas, Lockhart River, Coen, Hope Vale and Cooktown.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Herbert and Lower Burdekin district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

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. 


The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 pm AEST Wednesday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

EARLIER | A Severe Weather Warning for damaging wind and heavy rainfall remans current for people in parts of Peninsula, North Tropical Coast and Tablelands and Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast Districts.

Ex-tropical cyclone Ann is expected to bring damaging winds and heavy rainfall to parts of northeast Queensland.

Weather Situation: At 5am AEST, ex-tropical cyclone Ann was located about 380 kilometres north of Cairns. The tropical low will continue to move west-northwest in the Coral Sea and is expected to cross the northeast Queensland coast today.

DAMAGING WINDS:

Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90 km/h, may develop this morning between about Cape Grenville and Cooktown, including Lizard Island. The winds should gradually ease during early Wednesday afternoon as the low moves across Cape York Peninsula.

HEAVY RAINFALL:

Areas of heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, are developing about the coast and ranges between about Cape Grenville and Port Douglas and are expected to persist through the remainder of today.

A separate area of heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, may also develop about the coast and ranges between about Gordonvale and Ingham during this morning. This should gradually ease during Thursday.

6-hour rainfall totals may exceed 150mm in isolated locations, particularly on and to the east of the Great Dividing Range.

A Flood Watch has been issued for coastal catchments between Cooktown and Ingham.

Locations which may be affected include Port Douglas, Lockhart River, Ingham, Innisfail, Hope Vale and Lucinda.

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.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 am AEST Wednesday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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EARLIER | A Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds and heavy rainfall has been issued for people in parts of Peninsula, North Tropical Coast and Tablelands and Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast Districts.

Ex-tropical cyclone Ann is expected to bring damaging winds and heavy rainfall to parts of northeast Queensland.

At 2pm AEST, ex-tropical cyclone Ann was located 200 kilometres northeast of Cairns. The tropical low will continue to move west-northwest in the Coral Sea and is expected to cross the northeast Queensland coast during Wednesday.

DAMAGING WINDS:

Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90 km/h, are likely to develop before sunrise on Wednesday morning between about Lockhart River and Cooktown, including Lizard Island. These should gradually ease during Wednesday afternoon as the low moves across Cape York Peninsula.

HEAVY RAINFALL:

Areas of heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, are expected to develop about the coast and ranges between about Lockhart River and Port Douglas overnight tonight and persist through Wednesday morning.

A separate area of heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, may also develop about the coast and ranges between about Gordonvale and Ingham overnight tonight and persist through Wednesday morning. These should gradually ease during Thursday.

6-hour rainfall totals may exceed 150mm in isolated locations, particularly on and to the east of the Great Dividing Range.

A Flood Watch has been issued for coastal catchments between Cooktown and Ingham.

Locations which may be affected include Lockhart River, Hope Vale, Cooktown, Wujal Wujal, Ingham, Port Douglas, Mossman, Julatten, Innisfail, Tully, Cardwell, Abergowrie, Lucinda and Ingham.

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. 

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 pm AEST Tuesday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.