Severe Cyclone Nora Category 2, is slowly weakening as it tracks southwards over land near the western Cape York Peninsula coast, between Kowanyama and Gilbert River Mouth.
The system is expected to continue moving south or south southeast at approximately 16 km per hour and slowly weaken to a tropical low tonight near the southwestern base of Cape York Peninsula if it stays over land.
However, if the cyclone changes course, it may move south along the coast during today and tonight and weaken at a slower rate than expected.
If the cyclone remains on its current track and weakens to a tropical low, it is likely to move back over water in the southeastern Gulf of Carpentaria on Monday night or on Tuesday, where it may re-intensify to a Category 1 cyclone.
Communities and residents in the path of the cyclone should stay calm and remain in a secure shelter while the destructive winds continue and are asked to heed the advice and follow the instructions of Police, Emergency Services personnel and local authorities.
Location: within 35 kilometres of 15.8 degrees South 141.4 degrees East, estimated to be 50 kilometres southwest of Kowanyama and 195 kilometres north northeast of Karumba.
Now that Tropical Cyclone Nora has crossed the coast, the threat from storm tides has reduced significantly.
Higher than normal tides may still be experienced through today, especially around the time of the morning high tide, however these water levels are unlikely to exceed the normal highest astronomical tide (HAT) of the year.