A view of severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor on Tuesday morning, March 19. SOURCE: Windy.com
A view of severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor on Tuesday morning, March 19. SOURCE: Windy.com

Cyclone Trevor intensifies to Category 3 system

SEVERE Tropical Cyclone Trevor has intensified to Category 3, expected to make landfall on the Cape York Peninsula south of the Lockhart River about 7pm today.

The system is moving towards the Eastern Cape York Peninsula coast, and will continue moving in a west-southwest direction.

Cyclone Trevor is expected to deposit large amounts of rain and bring destructive winds in an area from Cairns northwards.

Parts of the Far North have already copped more than 100mm of rain since 9am yesterday and a king tide at 8.14am in Cairns today is expected to increase the chance of flooding in low-level tidal areas.

Cairns Regional Council advises residents to avoid parking in low-lying tidal areas and never drive through floodwaters.

Abnormally high tides are also expected this morning and tomorrow for coastal areas north of Port Douglas.

"The current forecast is for destructive wind gusts above 125km/h near the centre of the system," Sky News Weather channel meteorologist Rob Sharpe told news.com.au.

"It will bring heavy rain, gales, abnormally high tides and large waves to the Cape York Peninsula."

Mr Sharpe said Cooktown could be hit with heavy rain, in excess of 300mm, with flash flooding also likely this week.

"In Cairns, rain, showers and storms will be heavy at times this week, with a weekly total most likely between 200-400mm," he said.

People between Orford Ness and Cape Flattery (including Lockhart River and Coen), and between Mapoon and Pormpuraaw (including Weipa) and intervening inland areas, should immediately commence or continue preparations, especially securing boats and property, using available daylight hours.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor has intensified to Category 3, expected to make landfall this evening (Tuesday, March 19, 2019). PICTURE: Bureau of Meteorology
Severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor has intensified to Category 3, expected to make landfall this evening (Tuesday, March 19, 2019). PICTURE: Bureau of Meteorology

People between Cape York and Mapoon on the northwestern Peninsula should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases.

The regional harbour master has issued a Yellow Alert for the ports of Weipa and Amrun, with vessel operators urged to take all necessary precautions.

A Yellow Alert was already established for the ports of Cape Flattery and Cooktown yesterday.

The Department of Education has released an alert this morning, saying they are working with emergency services and agencies across government, and securing school facilities ahead of the expected strong winds and heavy rainfall.

The Department urges parents, families and children to not take risks, and be especially cautious around floodwater or swift flowing water.

Holloways Beach lifeguard Lucy Chapman checks the nets as surf pounds the beach front PICTURE: ANNA ROGERS
Holloways Beach lifeguard Lucy Chapman checks the nets as surf pounds the beach front PICTURE: ANNA ROGERS

RAINFALL

Rainfall totals from 9am Monday to 6am today:

- Mourilyan Bore 103mm

- Tung Oil Alert 101mm

- Cairns Racecourse 97mm

- South Johnstone 90mm

- Flaggy Creek 89mm

- Kamerunga 74mm

- Crawfords Lookout 71mm

- Mona Mona 68mm

- Topaz 63mm

- Cairns Airport 62mm

- Aloomba 58mm

- Cooktown 24mm

- Cape Flattery 20mm