Den (dewhitton) wrote,

Cyclone Ita

A lot of reporters have travelled to Cooktown to stand in the wind.

Issued at 3:56 pm EST on Friday 11 April 2014

A Cyclone WARNING is current for coastal areas from Coen to Innisfail including
Cooktown, Port Douglas and Cairns, and extending inland to areas including
Kalinga, Palmerville, Mareeba and Chillagoe.

A Cyclone WATCH is current for coastal areas from Innisfail to Cardwell,
extending to adjacent inland areas.

The Cyclone WARNING for coastal areas from Cape Sidmouth to Coen has been

At 4:00 pm EST Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita, Category 5, was estimated to be
120 kilometres north northeast of Cooktown and
280 kilometres north of Cairns, and
moving south southwest at 14 kilometres per hour.

SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE ITA, CATEGORY 5, poses a serious threat to communities
along the far north Queensland coast. It is expected to continue to move in a
general south-southwest direction and make landfall between Cape Melville and
Cooktown this evening or tonight as a CATEGORY 5 Tropical Cyclone with VERY
DESTRUCTIVE WINDS to 300 kilometres per hour near the core and GALES extending
out to 185 kilometres from the centre.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with wind gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour should
develop between Cape Melville and Cooktown this evening, extending south to
Cape Tribulation and possibly to Port Douglas tonight. GALES are currently
occuring between Cape Melville and Cape Flattery and should develop elsewhere
between Coen and Cape Tribulation during this evening before extending inland
to Laura and Palmerville tonight. Gales may extend south to Cairns and
Innisfail and inland to Chillagoe overnight, and possibly to Cardwell during

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