Cyclone watch for Gulf of Carpentaria
A cyclone warning issued for Gulf of Carpentaria communities earlier on Sunday morning remains current and has been updated to include a cyclone watch.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a cyclone warning between the Northern Territory/Queensland border to Cape Keerweer, including Mornington and Sweers Islands, just before 8am.
The deepening tropical low’s last position was 45km north of Karumba and 185km east-southeast of Mornington Island and moving west at 5km/h.
Forecasters expect the low to take a north-westerly track over southern Gulf of Carpentaria waters today where it may develop into a tropical cyclone on Monday.
Gales up to 185km from the centre of the depression may affect the coast from tomorrow morning and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is expected.
Water levels on the high tide could exceed the highest tide of the year about the Gulf of Carpentaria coast and islands between Port McArthur and Cape Keerweer.
Separate severe weather warnings remain current across the north Queensland coast, where rainfall at Cairns has forced roads to close and where flash flooding threatens to shut the Bruce Highway at Giru, south of Townsville.
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