Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Gulf Country and parts of Peninsula, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders and North West Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:57 am Tuesday, 28 January 2020.

Heavy rain and damaging winds in northwest Queensland.

At 11am Tuesday, a tropical low was located over the southern Gulf of Carpentaria waters. 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 likely about the Gulf Country, southwestern Peninsula, northern North West, and western Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders districts today, and will continue into Wednesday. 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 in the warning area today and continue into early Wednesday.

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, Normanton, Croydon, Kowanyama, Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Julia Creek, Georgetown, and Richmond.

50mm has so far fallen at Normanton since 9am Tuesday.

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.