Tropical Cyclone Debbie is a category 2 cyclone.
TC Debbie was located 450 kilometers east-northeast of Townsville and 340 kilometers east-northeast of Bowen.
A tropical cyclone warning is in place from Lucinda to St Lawrence. A watch is in place from Innisfail to Lucinda.
The system is slow moving and is taking steady southwesterly track, strengthening as it approaches the north QLD coast. It is likely to make landfall as a severe category 4 system.
Abnormally high tides are expected to occur between at least Rollingstone and Mackay as the cyclone approaches the coast. Large waves may also develop along the beachfront. Coastal inundation is possible.
A flood watch is current for coastal catchments from Cairns to Gladstone and extending inland to eastern Gulf River Catchments, with major riverine flooding now likely. Widespread falls of 200mm with isolated 400mm in 24hrs expected.
10:54 AEDT Tropical Cyclone Debbie continues to strengthen over the Coral Sea as Queensland residents prepare for destructive weather in the days ahead.