Tropical cyclone Trevor is expected to rapidly re-intensify as it moves over eastern Gulf of Carpentaria waters tonight.
Presently it remains located over land near Aurukun and is currently slow-moving.
The cyclone is expected to move offshore over eastern Gulf of Carpentaria waters tonight, where it is expected to rapidly re-intensify to a category 2 cyclone.
Tropical cyclone Trevor will intensify further as it adopts a more general west-southwest movement across the Gulf of Carpentaria. It is likely to cross the Northern Territory coast during Saturday as a category 4 severe tropical cyclone.
General advice in storms
- Move cars under cover or away from trees.
- Secure loose outdoor items.
- Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
- Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
- Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
- For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
People in the path of the cyclone, in particular in the areas between Weipa and Aurukun, should remain inside until the cyclone has passed and listen to the next advice at 8 pm.
People elsewhere in western Cape York Peninsula, between Cape York and Pormpuraaw, should take precautions and listen to the next advice at 8 pm.
People between Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases.
GALES, with gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are occurring near the centre of the cyclone. GALES are expected to extend to areas between Cape York and Pormpuraaw tonight, including Aurukun and Weipa, as the cyclone moves offshore and intensifies.
DESTRUCTIVE WINDS, with gusts in excess of 130 km/h may develop between Weipa and Aurukun during tonight as the cyclone intensifies.
GALES may further extend south to Kowanyama on the western Cape York Peninsula coast during Thursday night as the cyclone intensifies.
As the cyclone intensifies, a STORM TIDE may occur between Mapoon and Aurukun on tomorrow morning's high tide. Large waves may produce minor flooding along the foreshore. 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 help their neighbours.
HEAVY RAINFALL, which may lead to flash flooding, and DAMAGING to LOCALLY DESTRUCTIVE winds are occurring across parts of the Cape York Peninsula district.
A separate Severe Weather Warning is current for areas between Lockhart River and Laura.
A Flood Warning is current for the Daintree and Mossman rivers as well as a broader Flood Watch for catchments north of Innisfail to Kowanyama.
FOR THE NORTHERN TERRITORY COASTAL AREAS:
GALES, with gusts to 120 km/h are expected to develop on Groote Eylandt from Friday morning and extend to the mainland coast between Cape Shield and the Northern Territory Border later on Friday. GALES could also extend further north to Nhulunbuy on Friday if the cyclone takes a more northerly track.
The VERY DESTRUCTIVE core of Severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor is forecast to cross the southern coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria between Groote Eylandt and Borroloola during Saturday.
VERY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS, with gusts to 250 km/h, HEAVY RAINFALL and a VERY DANGEROUS STORM TIDE are expected near the cyclone centre as it approaches and crosses the coast.
Tides are expected to rise significantly above the normal high tide, with DAMAGING WAVES and VERY DANGEROUS FLOODING near the cyclone centre from Friday night into Saturday.