Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 4:51 pm Monday, 27 January 2020.

Heavy rain and damaging winds developing overnight and tomorrow in northwest Queensland.

At 5pm Monday, a tropical low was located over land near the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast. The low will remain slow moving and may strengthen during the next 24 hours. On Wednesday the low will begin to move to the southwest and should move out of Queensland late Wednesday.

Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to develop about the Gulf Country tonight, and will continue on Tuesday. 6-hourly rainfall totals of 100 to 200mm are likely, and locally heavier falls are possible with thunderstorms.

Damaging winds, with gusts greater than 90 km/h, are expected to develop near the low during Tuesday.

Flood Watches and Warnings are current for various areas in north Queensland - please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/

Locations which may be affected include Burketown, Mornington Island, Normanton, Kowanyama, Mount Isa, Cloncurry, and Julia Creek.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.