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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Northern Territory
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

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following warning.

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TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 32
Issued at 1:29 pm ACST [1:59 pm AEST] on Thursday 21 March 2019


Headline:
Tropical Cyclone Trevor is expected to intensify over the eastern Gulf of
Carpentaria through today.

Areas Affected:
Warning zone: Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory and Kowanyama to Mapoon
in Queensland.

Watch zone: Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory to Karumba in Queensland,
including Borroloola and Mornington Island and extending inland to Cape
Crawford, and from Kowanyama to Pormpuraaw in Queensland.

Cancelled zone: None.

Details of Tropical Cyclone Trevor at 12:30 pm ACST [1:00 pm AEST]:
Intensity: Category 1, sustained winds near the centre of 75 kilometres per
hour with wind gusts to 100 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 30 kilometres of 13.0 degrees South 141.3 degrees East,
estimated to be 75 kilometres southwest of Weipa and 540 kilometres east of
Alyangula.
Movement: slow moving.

Tropical Cyclone Trevor is located over the eastern Gulf of Carpentaria and is
expected to rapidly intensify to a category 3 cyclone by this evening.

Tropical Cyclone Trevor will intensify further as it adopts a more general
west-southwest movement across the Gulf of Carpentaria later today. It is
likely to cross the Northern Territory coast during Saturday as a category 4
severe tropical cyclone.

Hazards:
GALES, with gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are occurring near the centre of the
cyclone. GALES are expected to extend across western parts of Cape York
Peninsula today, to impact areas between Mapoon and Kowanyama, including
Aurukun and Weipa as the cyclone intensifies just off the coast.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS, with gusts in excess of 130 km/h may develop between Weipa
and Cape Keerweer during this afternoon as the cyclone rapidly intensifies.

GALES, with gusts in excess of 90 km/h, may develop from the NT/QLD border to
Karumba, including Mornington and Sweers Islands during Friday if the cyclone
takes a more southerly track.

As the cyclone intensifies through today, a STORM TIDE is expected between
Mapoon and Aurukun on this afternoon's high tide. Large waves may produce minor
flooding along the foreshore. People living in areas likely to be affected by
this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as
possible and be prepared to help their neighbours.

HEAVY RAINFALL, which may lead to flash flooding, and DAMAGING WINDS are
possible across parts of the Cape York Peninsula district and a separate Severe
Weather Warning is current.

Flood Warnings are current for the Daintree and Mossman Rivers as well as a
broader Flood Watch for catchments north of Innisfail to Kowanyama.

FOR THE NORTHERN TERRITORY COASTAL AREAS:

GALES, with gusts to 120 km/h are expected to develop on Groote Eylandt from
Friday morning and extend to the mainland coast between Cape Shield and the
Northern Territory/Queensland border later on Friday and then inland into the
eastern Carpentaria District on Friday evening. GALES could also extend further
north to Nhulunbuy on Friday if the cyclone takes a more northerly track.

The VERY DESTRUCTIVE core of Severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor is forecast to
cross the southwestern coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria between Groote Eylandt
and the NT/QLD Border during Saturday with VERY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS, with gusts
to 275 km/h near the cyclone centre as it approaches and crosses the coast.

Coastal residents between Groote Eylandt and the NT/Qld border are specifically
warned of a VERY DANGEROUS STORM TIDE as the cyclone centre approaches the
coast. Tides will rise significantly above the normal high tide, with DAMAGING
WAVES and VERY DANGEROUS FLOODING during Friday evening and Saturday.

Recommended Action:
- People between Weipa and Cape Keerweer should stay calm and remain in a
secure shelter while the destructive winds continue.
- Heed the advice and follow the instructions of Police, Emergency Services
personnel and local authorities.

- People elsewhere with the warning zone should complete preparations quickly
and be prepared to shelter in a safe place.
- Boats and outside property should be secured.

- People between between the NT/QLD Border and Karumba, including Mornington
and Sweers Islands, should consider what action they will need to take if the
cyclone threat increases.
- Information is available from your local government.
- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster
Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au).
- For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) on
132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on
buildings or roof damage)

NTES advises communities under Watch:

- Prepare your home and yard for a severe cyclone.

- Residents of Borroloola and surrounding area need to prepare now for
evacuation.

- Follow direction and advice of local emergency services.

Further advice on cyclone emergencies is available at www.securent.nt.gov.au
Please ensure that friends, family and neighbours have heard and understood
this message, particularly new arrivals to the area.

Next Advice:
The next advice will be issued by 5:00 pm ACST Thursday 21 March [5:30 pm AEST
Thursday 21 March].

This advice is available on telephone NT-1300 659 211 and QLD-1300 659 212

A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at:
http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone

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