A tropical low is estimated to be 620 kilometres east northeast of Townsville and
680 kilometres east of Cairns.
A tropical cyclone watch is in place Cape Tribulation to St Lawrence including
Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands. GALES are not expected
along the coast today.
On Saturday, the low is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone and adopt a
west-southwest track, bringing it towards the north Queensland coast. Conditions
are expected to favour the continued intensification of the system as it approaches
the coast over the weekend and early next week.
Abnormally high tides are expected to occur between at least Lucinda and Mackay
as the cyclone approaches the coast.
A flood watch is current for the area as 3-day rainfall exceeding 200mm is likely
along the coast through Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
14:34 AEDT Sydney is having its wettest March in 33 years after yet another showery night.