Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Peninsula and Gulf Country Forecast Districts.

Issued at 1:53 pm Saturday, 22 February 2020.

Weather Situation: At 10am AEST Saturday, a tropical low was located over the Gulf of Carpentaria about 355 km north of Mornington Island. The low is situated within a strengthening monsoon trough, which extends across the northern Gulf of Carpentaria and northern Coral Sea.

The tropical low is rated a high chance of forming into a tropical cyclone on Sunday as it adopts a south-southwesterly track towards the southern Gulf of Carpentaria.

A strong northwesterly monsoonal wind flow will extend over Torres Strait and western Cape York Peninsula during the next couple of days.

Damaging wind gusts of around 100km/h and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are possible over northern Cape York Peninsula, the northern Gulf Country and the Torres Strait islands, particularly with thunderstorms. Locally destructive wind gusts in excess of 125km/h are also possible with thunderstorms in the warning area.

Abnormally high tides are likely to impact the Torres Strait Islands and western Cape York Peninsula with water levels on the high tide potentially exceeding the highest tide of the year by 0.5m over the next couple of days.

Note: a tropical cyclone watch should be viewed in addition to this warning and extends from Karumba to the Northern Territory border - see http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/index.shtml

Locations which may be affected include Lockhart River, Weipa, Kowanyama, Coen, Aurukun and Napranum.

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.