Event: Tropical cyclone formation

24 Mar 2017

A tropical low formed in the Coral Sea March 23 and is tracking southwestward toward Queensland. Meteorologists predict that the storm will strengthen rapidly and may reach Category 3 strength prior to making landfall in northeast Queensland overnight March 26-27. Current models indicate that landfall will occur between the cities of Cairns and Townsville, though the storm track may change over the coming days.

The storm will likely bring gales, heavy rain, and storm surge to the northeast Queensland coast March 26-28. Wind gusts of up to 120 kph (75 mph) are projected in the forecast area and may down trees and power lines, producing ground transport and utility disruptions. Torrential rain could produce flash and areal flooding in coastal and inland areas, particularly around the Bellenden Ker (Wooroonooran) Range. Some rural routes may become impassable, including access roads to coal mines in the northern Bowen Basin. Flooding could also potentially disrupt rail traffic from interior mines to terminals on the coast.

High winds, rough seas, and storm surge will likely affect regional port operations. Harbormasters could shut down ports in Cairns and Townsville. Flight delays and cancellations are also likely at airports serving Cairns (CNS) and Townsville (TSV).

Further information

Please contact the Campus Travel team by phone on (07) 3393 8855 or email uq@campustravel.com.au for further information or if you are likely to be affected by this developing tropical storm.