At 7pm Tuesday EST, Tropical Cyclone Debbie was downgraded to category 2, and was about 35 km west of Proserpine and 45 km east-northeast of Collinsville. The system will continue to weaken as it tracks further inland.
A Tropical Cyclone WARNING extends from Ayr to St Lawrence including Mackay and Whitsundays, and to about 300km inland, including Charters Towers, Mt Coolon, Moranbah and Pentland.
VERY DESTRUCTIVE core may produce wind gusts up to 155km/h, with DESTRUCTIVE WINDS developing along the coast and islands between Cape Upstart and Midge Point, and well inland.
HEAVY RAIN in excess of 250mm in 24 hours is possible, leading to major flooding.
DANGEROUS STORM TIDE is likely for coastal and low-lying areas, particularly south of the cyclone.
16:17 AEDT The autumn see-saw is in full swing across Australia's southeast this week.