Tropical Cyclone Tiffany has formed in the Coral Sea and is expected to bring damaging to destructive winds and heavy rain to communities in far north Queensland from Monday morning, January 10.
Tiffany was named at 4.45pm AEST, after developing into a tropical cyclone from a tropical low the Bureau of Meteorology had been monitoring over the weekend.
Tropical Cyclone Tiffany is located approximately 235 kilometres northeast of Cooktown and is tracking west at 11 kilometres per hour as a category one system.
Tiffany will continue to intensify as it approaches the far north Queensland coast, making landfall tomorrow between Cooktown and Lockhart River. Timing will depend on whether Tiffany moves south or north of Cape Melville.
The tropical cyclone is then expected to move into the Gulf of Carpentaria, potentially intensifying before impacting areas of the eastern Northern Territory from Wednesday.
People between Cape Tribulation and Coen including Cooktown should immediately commence or continue preparations, especially securing boats and property using available daylight hours.
People between Cape Grenville and Coen including Lockhart River should take precautions and stay up to date with subsequent Bureau tropical cyclone watches and warnings.
People between Mapoon and Kowanyama including Weipa should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases.
Senior Meteorologist Dean Narramore said the Bureau would continue to monitor Tropical Cyclone Tiffany and communicate its impacts to affected residents.
“From tomorrow, people in far north Queensland communities will start seeing and feeling the effects of Tropical Cyclone Tiffany as it comes closer to the coast, which means an increased risk of flooding and some localised damage in these regions,’ Mr Narramore said.
“Tropical cyclones can intensify very quickly, and shift direction, so we will be updating our warnings and advice to the community and our emergency services colleagues as this system progresses.”
Remember to know your weather, know your risk, and keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings using the BOM Weather app or the Bureau’s website.