Marine Weather Warnings - Tropical Cyclone Advice for System 1

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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this warning.

PRIORITY

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 24
Issued at 07:25 PM EST on Monday 24 February 2020

Headline:
Ex-tropical cyclone Esther has transitioned to a vigorous tropical low, and will continue moving westward through the Northern Territory, bringing heavy rain, damaging wind gusts and abnormally high tides.

Areas Affected:
Warning zone: None

Watch zone: None.

Cancelled zone: Coastal and adjacent inland areas between Port McArthur and the area west of Mornington Island, including Doomadgee, Robinson River and Borroloola.

Details of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther at 7:00 pm AEST [6:30 pm ACST]:
Intensity: ex-tropical cyclone, sustained winds near the centre of 60 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 95 kilometres per hour. Location: within 55 kilometres of 16.7 degrees South 137.3 degrees East, estimated to be 200 kilometres west of Mornington Is and 125 kilometres east southeast of Borroloola. Movement: west at 14 kilometres per hour. Ex-tropical cyclone Esther has transitioned to a vigorous tropical low. The system will continue moving westward through the Northern Territory, bringing heavy rain, damaging wind gusts and abnormally high tides to parts of the Northern Territory and Queensland. Severe Weather Warnings are current for these areas.

Hazards:
Although the system is no-longer a tropical cyclone, the potential for heavy rainfall, abnormally high tides and damaging wind gusts persists. For further details please refer to the Severe Weather Warnings issued by the Northern Territory and Queensland forecasting offices.

Recommended Action:
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. The Northern Territory Emergency Service advises that people should: * secure loose outside objects and seek shelter when conditions deteriorate * pull over if it is raining heavily and you cannot see, park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears * avoid driving into water of unknown depth and current * create your own sandbags if there is flooding, by using pillow cases or shopping bags filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home * stay away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways * ensure pets and animals are safe * be prepared in case of power outages, have an emergency kit with a radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit * for emergency help in floods, storms and cyclones, contact the NTES on 132 500. For more safety tips visit www.securent.nt.gov.au

Next Advice:
No further advices will be issued for this system unless it reintensifies.

Cyclone advices and DFES Alerts are available by dialling 13 DFES (13 3337)