Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in North Tropical Coast and Tablelands, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, North West and parts of Peninsula, Gulf Country, Central West and Channel Country Forecast Districts.

Issued at 7:08 pm Wednesday, 26 January 2022.

Large slow moving thunderstorms continue to develop in the north and interior

Weather Situation: A warm and very humid airmass over western Queensland is leading to strong, slow moving tropical thunderstorms this afternoon.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Winton, Mount Isa, Charters Towers, Georgetown, Cairns and Port Douglas.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.