Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre
Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this warning.
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 3
Issued at 4:42 pm EST on Wednesday 9 April 2014
A Cyclone WATCH has been declared for coastal areas from Cape Grenville to Cairns.
At 4:00 pm EST Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita, Category 3, was estimated to be 770 kilometres east northeast of Lockhart River and 710 kilometres northeast of Cooktown, and moving west at 15 kilometres per hour.
SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE ITA, CATEGORY 3, is expected to continue moving in a general westwards direction towards the far north Queensland coast, while intensifying. GALES extend 220 kilometres out from the centre and may develop between Coen and Cooktown late Thursday and develop elsewhere between Cape Grenville and Cairns during Friday.
Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita poses a significant threat to communities along the far north Queensland coast and at this stage it is expected to approach the coast between Lockhart River and Cape Flattery and make landfall late Friday as a SEVERE CATEGORY 4 TROPICAL CYCLONE with VERY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS near the core and GALES extending some distance from the landfall location.
The sea may rise steadily up to a level which will be significantly above the normal tide between Cape Grenville and Cairns close to landfall on Friday, with damaging waves, strong currents and flooding of low-lying areas possible. People living in low lying areas that may 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.
Very heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to develop about the Peninsula and northern parts of the North Tropical Coast and Tablelands districts on Thursday and persist into Friday.People between Cape Grenville and Cairns should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases and listen to the next advice at 11pm EST.
- Information is available from your local government
- 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).
Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita at 4:00 pm EST:
.Centre located near...... 11.3 degrees South 150.2 degrees East
.Location accuracy........ within 20 kilometres
.Recent movement.......... towards the west at 15 kilometres per hour
.Wind gusts near centre... 205 kilometres per hour
.Severity category........ 3
.Central pressure......... 963 hectoPascals
The next advice will be issued by 11:00 pm EST Wednesday 09 April.