STAY INFORMED — Tablelands Region — Tropical cyclone as at 4.50pm Wednesday 24 January 2024.

Warning level — ADVICE
Warning area — Atherton Tablelands Region.

This warning is from Tablelands Regional Council.

Tropical Cyclone Kirrily has developed in the central Coral Sea and is expected to continue strengthening as it tracks west-southwest towards the Queensland coast. The system is likely to cross the Queensland coast on Thursday night between Cardwell and Bowen as a Category 2 system.

Gales with damaging wind gusts to 90 km/hr may extend north between Cardwell and Innisfail if the system tracks further to the north late Thursday. Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely to develop about coastal areas between Innisfail and Sarina from early Thursday before spreading to inland areas later during Thursday and continuing during Friday.

Stay informed

  • Go to our Emergency Management Dashboard ( for the latest weather warnings, emergency contacts, road closures and conditions, power outages, news from our Disaster Coordination Centre, links to ABC radio and key social media.
  • Visit the Bureau of Meteorology ( for weather information.
  • Listen to our local radio stations.


When the cyclone gets close to the coast:

  • Very strong winds could knock down trees and powerlines, and blow away anything not tied down outside.
  • Power, phones, internet and water might stop working.
  • Heavy rain may cause flooding in some places.
  • Roads could be blocked by fallen trees, powerlines and floodwater.

What you may have to do

Check or make an emergency kit that includes:

  • battery-powered radio to listen to warnings
  • torch and spare batteries
  • tinned and packet food and bottled water to last five days
  • important medicine
  • important papers (like ID, insurance papers and passports)
  • first-aid kit
  • mobile phone, charger and charged power bank
  • toilet paper, face masks and hand sanitiser.

If you have very young children ensure you have enough nappies, wipes, bottles and formula or baby food for up to five days. Plan what you will do if you do not have access to a fridge or microwave because of power outages.

If you have pets pack enough pet food for five days, a lead and/or crate.

Make sure friends, family and neighbours know about the cyclone and help them if you can.

If you find it hard to move quickly or have special or medical needs:

  • Make sure you have enough medicine for at least one week.
  • If anyone in your house uses powered medical equipment, like a dialysis machine or ventilator, decide now where you will go in case you lose power.
  • Call your support person or service to organise transport in case you need to leave.
  • Leaving early is safer than waiting.

If you have a boat or jetski:

  • Prepare early. If possible, remove your boat, jetski, canoes and kayaks from the water and store securely on land.
  • If your boat is kept on the water, check your moorings and get ready to relocate it to a safe mooring.

The next update will be when the situation changes.