Green Cross Australia stands with the communities of North Queensland as Cylone Ita makes landfall this afternoon between Cape Melville and Cooktown. Our thoughts are with everyone in Far North Queensland as the system nears.
A cyclone warning is current for coastal areas from Cape Sidmouth to Innisfail, including Cooktown, Port Douglas and Cairns, and extending inland to areas including Kalinga, Palmerville, Mareeba and Chillagoe.
The weather bureau says the Category 5 system will generate storm surges, tidal waves and destructive winds of up to 300 kilometres per hour.
All residents in areas affected have been asked to stay indoors until the cyclone has passed and to stay informed through ABC Emergency Radio.
In 1949 a major cyclone hit Cooktown with devastating consequences. This event led of extreme rainfall of over 400ml/24 hours over five days, starting in Cooktown then moving across the affected region.
Get out your personal resilience plan and prepare your home, family and community for severe rainfall over coming days if you live near the cyclone’s projected pathway.