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CYCLONE ADVICE | Tropical Low Developing In Gulf Of Carpentaria

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE ISSUED AT 10:31 AM EST on Monday 24 February 2020 | Esther is starting to slowly cross the coast between Mornington Island and the NT/Qld border as a category 1 tropical cyclone

Areas Affected:
Warning zone: Port McArthur to Karumba, including Borroloola and Mornington Island and adjacent inland areas between Cape Crawford and Century Mine, including Doomadgee.

Watch zone: None.

Cancelled zone: None.

Details of Tropical Cyclone Esther at 10:00 am AEST [9:30 am ACST]:
Intensity: Category 1 (988 hPa), sustained winds near the centre of 75 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 100 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 35 kilometres of 16.7 degrees South 138.7 degrees East, estimated to be 50 kilometres west of Mornington Island and 265 kilometres east southeast of Borroloola.
Movement: south southwest at 15 kilometres per hour.

Esther is starting to slowly cross the coast between Mornington Island and the NT/Qld border as a category 1 tropical cyclone and should make landfall by early this afternoon.

Esther is expected to move westwards into the Northern Territory tonight, while weakening.

Hazards:
GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour are occurring intermittently on Mornington Island, and on the mainland between the NT/Queensland border and Karumba, including Burketown.

GALES may extend further west to coastal communities between Port Roper and the NT/Queensland border and to adjacent inland areas including Doomadgee, Century Mine, Robinson River, Borroloola and Cape Crawford during today, depending on the movement and intensity of tropical cyclone Esther.

As the cyclone crosses the coast, a STORM TIDE is expected between the NT/Qld border and Karumba and this could persist onto the high tide tonight.

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.

Tides are also expected to be higher than normal about the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria coast in the Northern Territory.

Large waves may produce MINOR FLOODING of low-lying coastal areas.

HEAVY RAIN with the potential to cause flash flooding is expected in areas around the Gulf of Carpentaria today, and will then move west following the weakening cyclone over the coming days.

Flood Watches are current for Gulf of Carpentaria catchments.

Recommended Action:
In Queensland:
People in coastal and adjacent inland areas between the NT/Queensland border and Karumba, should remain inside until the cyclone has passed and listen to the next advice at 2pm AEST.
- 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).

In the Northern Territory, NTES advises:
- People in Port Roper to the NT/Qld Border and surrounding areas should take action to complete preparations.
- Take shelter in a secure place as wind and rain arrive.
- Government services and the local school at Robinson River will stop from operating for today.
- Listen for the next advice.
- For cyclone safety and preparation advice www.securent.nt.gov.au

Next Advice:
The next advice will be issued by 2:00 pm AEST Monday 24 February [1:30 pm ACST

EARLIER | TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE ISSUED AT 4:35 AM on Monday 24 February 2020 | Tropical cyclone Esther has formed in the Gulf of Carpentaria, north of Mornington Island.

Areas Affected:
Warning zone: Port Roper to Gilbert River Mouth, including Borroloola and Mornington Island and adjacent inland areas between Cape Crawford and Century Mine, including Doomadgee.

Watch zone: None.

Cancelled zone: Gilbert River Mouth to Kowanyama.

Details of Tropical Cyclone Esther at 4:00 am AEST [3:30 am ACST]:
Intensity: Category 1 (991 hPa), sustained winds near the centre of 75 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 100 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 35 kilometres of 16.0 degrees South 139.1 degrees East, estimated to be 80 kilometres north of Mornington Island and 300 kilometres east of Borroloola.
Movement: southwest at 10 kilometres per hour.

Tropical cyclone Esther has formed in the Gulf of Carpentaria, north of Mornington Island.

Esther is expected to continue moving southwest and cross the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast between Borroloola and Mornington Island later today.

Although some further intensification of the system is expected during this period, a category 2 impact is considered unlikely.

Hazards:
GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour are occurring intermittently on Mornington Island, and on the mainland between the NT / Queensland border and Burketown.

GALES may extend further to coastal and island communities between Port Roper and Gilbert River Mouth (including Borroloola, Burketown, Doomadgee, and Karumba), later on Monday depending on the movement and intensity of the system.

These GALES may extend further inland over the Northern Territory and far northwest Queensland late on Monday as the system moves inland.

A STORM TIDE between Port McArthur and Karumba is expected as the cyclone centre crosses the coast.

Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide, with DAMAGING WAVES and DANGEROUS FLOODING between Port McArthur and Karumba.

ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES are expected to develop about the southwestern Gulf of Carpentaria coast over the next couple of days.

Large waves may produce at least MINOR FLOODING along low-lying coastal areas.

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 RAIN with the potential to cause flash flooding is expected in areas around the Gulf of Carpentaria over the next couple of days, then move west following the low over the coming days.

Flood Watches are current for Gulf of Carpentaria catchments.

Recommended Action:
In the Northern Territory, NTES advises:
- People from Port Roper to the NT/Qld Border and surrounding areas should activate their household plan now.
- Start preparations for a cyclone, know where you will shelter.
- Listen for the next advice.
- For cyclone safety and preparation advice www.securent.nt.gov.au

In Queensland:
People between the NT/Qld border and Burketown, including Mornington and Sweers Islands and Doomadgee, should remain inside until the cyclone has passed and listen to the next advice at 8am AEST.
People elsewhere between the NT/Qld border and Gilbert River Mouth, including Karumba, and inland areas between Normanton and the NT/Qld border, should immediately commence or continue preparations, especially securing boats and property.
- 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).

The next advice will be issued by 8:00 AM AEST Monday 24 February [7:30 AM ACST

EARLIER | A tropical low is beginning to develop over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The watch zone takes in Karumba to Nhulunbuy, including Mornington Island and Groote Eylandt.

Details of Tropical Low at 1:00 pm AEST [12:30 pm ACST]:
Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 35 kilometres per
hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 75 kilometres of 13.4 degrees South 139.7 degrees East,
estimated to be 255 kilometres west southwest of Weipa and 350 kilometres east
northeast of Groote Eylandt.
Movement: slow moving.

A weak tropical low located over the central Gulf of Carpentaria has recently
begun to show early signs of development. The surrounding environment will
remain strongly supportive of development of this low over the coming few days,
and it is likely to develop into a tropical cyclone during the time period from
Saturday night into Sunday morning.

The system is expected to be slow moving at first, before adopting a
south-southwesterly track towards the southern Gulf coast during Saturday and
Sunday.

Hazards:
GALES are not expected in coastal areas within the next 24 hours, however gales
could develop during the day on Sunday.

Tides will be HIGHER THAN NORMAL between Nhulunbuy and Karumba on Sunday. Large
waves may produce MINOR FLOODING of low-lying coastal areas.

HEAVY RAIN with the potential to produce flash flooding is expected to develop
through much of the warning area during Sunday. Riverine flooding will also
become possible, and Flood Watches have been issued for catchments within the
warning area.

Recommended Action:
In the Northern Territory:
NTES advises:
- People in Nhulunbuy to the NT/QLD border including Groote Eylandt and
surrounding areas should consider what action they will take should the cyclone
threat increase.
- Check your household plan.
- Listen for the next advice.
- For cyclone safety and preparation advice www.securent.nt.gov.au

In Queensland:
People between Karumba and the Northern Territory border, including Mornington
Island, should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone
threat increases.
- 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).

Next Advice:
The next advice will be issued by 5:00 pm AEST Friday 21 February [4:30 pm ACST
Friday 21 February].

This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and the State
Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.

A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at:
http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone