Rain aftermath in Rockhampton from January last year
Rain aftermath in Rockhampton from January last year Melanie Plane

Bad weather on the way due to cyclone in North Queensland

UPDATE 3PM: COASTAL communities between St Lawrence and Gladstone could experience abnormally high tides over the next couple of days due to the cyclone forming off north Queensland's east coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for parts of the Northern Tropical Coast and Tablelands and Capricornia districts at 2pm.

The warning stated water levels on the high tide were likely to exceed the highest tide of the year about coastal areas between Cooktown and Port Douglas, and also between St Lawrence and Gladstone.

The next warning is due to be issued by 8:00 pm.

7.30AM: ROCKHAMPTON residents can expect to see the worst of a possible cyclone forming just off North Queensland's east coast on Friday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

The tropical low is expected to develop into a cyclone today and make landfall tomorrow, bringing with it heavy rain, strong winds and flash flooding for communities between Port Douglas and Mackay.

Senior forecaster Steve Hadley yesterday said Rockhampton was just south of this area.

However, he said heavy falls were certainly possible with bands of showers whirling around the system.

"Rockhampton should see the worst of it on Friday," he said.

"Scattered showers and thunderstorms late Thursday and Friday and then more isolated showers over the weekend."

He said areas to the north could expect 50-200mm of rain.

Strong winds should ease over the next few days.

ROCKY FORECAST

Today: Late showers

Tomorrow: A few showers

Friday: Storms and rain



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