Severe weather warning for higher than normal tides

A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for abnormally high tides for people in parts of the Northern Tropical Coast and Tablelands and Capricornia Forecast Districts.

The warning was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology at 8.07am on Wednesday.

At 7am a tropical low was situated in the northern Coral Sea, approximately 590 kilometres east-northeast of Cairns, and moving southwest at around 9 kilometres per hour.

The tropical low is expected to move in a general west southwestwards direction over the next couple of days and may develop further as it approaches the Queensland east coast.

Water levels on the high tide are likely to exceed the highest tide of the year about coastal areas between Cooktown and Port Douglas, and also between St Lawrence and Gladstone over the next few days.

Heavy rainfall is no longer expected to develop about the coast from Cooktown to Port Douglas.

Coastal communities between Port Douglas and St Lawrence will also experience abnormally high tides, heavy rainfall and damaging wind gusts and a separate tropical cyclone advice has been issued for these areas.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • If near the coastline, stay well away from the water's edge.
  • Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 2:10 pm.



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