TROPICAL CYCLONE ZANE, CATEGORY 2, with wind gusts up to 130km/h is moving in a west-northwest direction towards the far northern Queensland coast. The system is expected to continue moving in a west-northwest direction while slowly weakening before crossing the coast between Orford Ness and Cape Sidmouth during Thursday morning.
GALES are expected to develop about coastal areas between Cape Grenville and Cooktown during this evening and may extend further north to Cape York and west to the western side of Cape York Peninsula, north of Mapoon, during Thursday morning.
Coastal residents between Orford Ness and Cape Melville are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast. The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level well above the normal tide, with damaging waves and flooding of some low-lying areas close to the shoreline. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities.
Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to develop across parts of far northern Queensland, north of Cooktown, tonight and during Thursday morning as the system approaches the coast.
People between Mapoon to Cape York to Cooktown should immediately commence or continue preparations, especially securing boats and property before nightfall.
For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland’s Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)
For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).