Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Initial Flood Watch for coastal catchments between Cooktown to Mackay extending
inland to the eastern Gulf River catchments.
Issued at 2:35 pm EST on Friday 24 March 2017
Issue Number: 2
River level rises above the minor flood level are likely across the Flood Watch
area from late Sunday. Major flooding is possible.
Heavy rainfall with daily totals up to 200 mm with locally heavier falls are
expected across the Flood Watch area from late Sunday and into Monday.
This rainfall is associated with a tropical low over the Coral Sea which is
expected to strengthen into a tropical cyclone and track southwest towards the
Queensland North Tropical Coast.
Heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding.
Catchments at risk within the Flood Watch area include the Daintree, Mossman,
Barron, Russell, Mulgrave, Johnstone, Tully, Murray, Herbert, Ross, Bohle,
Black, Haughton, Burdekin, Don, Proserpine, Pioneer, Mitchell, Gilbert, Norman
and Upper Flinders Rivers and Bluewater Creek.
See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings to view the current flood warnings for
This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks
should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move
to higher ground should flooding develop.
See www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/brochures/flood_watch/ for further information
about Flood Watch.
Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.
For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500
For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately
Current emergency information is available at www.qld.gov.au/alerts
For the latest weather forecasts see: www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts
The next Flood Watch is due to be issued by 12:30 pm AEST on Saturday 25 March
This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 219 at a low call cost of
27.5 cents, more from mobile, public and satellite phones.
Warning, rainfall and river information are available at