Via ABC Emergency: Information file: Tropical Cyclone Ita. Click through for links. This just updated late Friday morning, local time:
Updated 11am - next update at midday
Things to know:
Cooktown is on high alert. The Shire will close the Cooktown cyclone shelter at the Cooktown Events Centre at midday today. They say this should be a place for people with no alternative shelter options. See more details.
Authorities are warning that homes in Cooktown built before 1985 may not withstand a category-five cyclone and those residents should consider alternative shelter.
he ports of Cape Flattery and Cooktown are now closed. The port of Cairns remains on alert. Cairns Airport says it's operating as normal.
Ita is expected to be a category-five cyclone, the highest cyclone rating. Strong winds will be felt in the area from Friday midday.
The Weather Bureau predicts Tropical Cyclone Ita will make landfall just north of Cape Flattery around 6pm Friday and will remain at that intensity for at least 12 hours. See the latest Bureau track map.
The Weather Bureau says strong winds could be felt as south as Cardwell and inland as far as Chillagoe.
Between Cape Grenville and Cairns expect very strong winds, heavy rainfall, storm tides and flooding of low lying areas.
The coastal area between Cape Melville and Cape Tribulation will experience a dangerous storm tide Friday night, which may extend inland.