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Cyclone Penny Downgraded After Landing On Queensland Gulf Coast

Tropical Cyclone Penny was downgraded to a tropical low after it made landfall on the Gulf of Carpentaria and moved east across Cape York Peninsula.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the former category one system made landfall between Weipa and Thud Point.

A warning zone was also established between Cape Keerweer to Cape York.

Heavy rainfall may still lead to flash flooding across the cape and parts of the North Tropical Coast on Wednesday.

A flood watch alert remains for coastal catchments north of Cardwell, including across Cape York Peninsula.

Residents have been warned to expect a higher storm tide between Cape York and Cape Keerweer with possible flooding along the foreshore.

Wind gusts up to 120 km/h have been recorded on the western Cape York Peninsula coast between Cape York and Aurukun.

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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Far Northern Region Assistant Commissioner John Bolger said it was important locals followed the directions of authorities and either shelter in place until the cyclone passed or relocate if asked.

"Those who remain in place should shelter in the strongest part of the house and ensure their emergency kit is close by," he said.

Bolger said the intense rainfall could result in flash flooding of creeks, drains and causeways.

"Under no circumstance should people enter flooded creeks or causeways by road or on foot. If you come across rising floodwaters, turn around and seek an alternative route," he said.

Rivers and creeks are already swollen after heavy rain soaked the region over Christmas, with parts of the far north receiving more than 400mm in the past week.

Featured Image: Twitter/ Bureau of Meteorology.