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Tropical Cyclone Advice for System 1

25 March 2017 14:05 EST

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this


Issued at 2:05 pm EST on Saturday 25 March 2017

Tropical Cyclone Debbie has recently formed in the Coral Sea.

Areas Affected:
Warning zone: None.

Watch zone: Cape Tribulation to St Lawrence, including Cairns, Townsville and

Cancelled zone: None.

Details of Tropical Cyclone Debbie at 10:00 am AEST:
Intensity: Category 1, sustained winds near the centre of 65 kilometres per
hour with wind gusts to 95 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 35 kilometres of 17.4 degrees South 151.9 degrees East,
estimated to be 650 kilometres east of Cairns and 580 kilometres east northeast
of Townsville.
Movement: southwest at 9 kilometres per hour.

The tropical low over the central Coral Sea has recently developed into
Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The system has been moving slowly southwards
overnight, but has recently shown signs of shifting onto a west-southwest
track. This general west-southwesterly motion is expected to continue for the
next few days, bringing the cyclone towards the north Queensland coast.
Conditions are expected to favour the continued intensification of the cyclone
as it approaches the coast over the weekend and into early next week.

GALES are not expected to develop about the Queensland east coast today,
however they could develop about the coast and islands between Cape Tribulation
and St Lawrence, including the Whitsunday Islands, during Sunday.

Based on the current forecast track, abnormally high tides are expected to
occur between at least Lucinda and Mackay as the cyclone approaches the coast.
Large waves may also develop along the beachfront.

Areas of heavy rain are expected to develop about parts of the northern and
central Queensland coast and adjacent inland areas into Sunday. A Flood Watch
is current for coastal catchments between Cooktown and Mackay, extending inland
to the eastern Gulf River catchments.

Recommended Action:
People between Cape Tribulation and St Lawrence 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
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
or roof damage).

Next Advice:
The next advice will be issued by 5:00 pm AEST Saturday 25 March.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212. 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: