Tropical Cyclone "Ann" moving toward northern Queensland, Australia

Tropical Cyclone

Tropical Cyclone "Ann" remains Category 1 and continues moving WNW toward northern Queensland. The cyclone is expected to cross the northeast tropical coast of Queensland on Wednesday morning (LT), May 15, 2019, most likely as a category 1 system.

At 12:00 UTC (22:00 AEST) on May 13, the center of Tropical Cyclone "Ann" was located about 640 km (397 miles) ENE of Cairns and 250 km (155 miles) NE of Willis Island. The cyclone is moving WNW at 27 km/h (16 mph) with maximum sustained winds near the center of 75 km/h (46 mph) and gusts to 100 km/h (62 mph). Central pressure was 998 hPa.

Queensland TCWC expects Ann to continue its current motion and cross the northeast tropical coast of Queensland on Wednesday morning local time, most likely as a category 1 system (AEST is UTC +10).

Gales with gusts to about 100 km/h (62 mph) may develop about the coast and adjacent inland areas between Lockhart River and Port Douglas early on Wednesday morning and may extend north to Cape York later on Wednesday morning as the cyclone approaches the coast.

As the cyclone crosses/approaches the coast, a storm tide may occur between Lockhart River and Cape Tribulation.

Large waves may produce minor flooding along the foreshore.

People living in areas which may be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to help their neighbors.

Image credit: Tropical Cyclone "Ann" on May 13, 2019. Credit: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/VIIRS

Areas of heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, are likely to develop about the coast and ranges between about Lockhart River and Ingham during Tuesday night and are likely to persist through Wednesday.

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

People between Cape York and Port Douglas should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases.

Featured image: Tropical Cyclone "Ann" on May 13, 2019. Credit: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/VIIRS

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