Situation Report Cyclone ITA

Humanity Road

Volunteers have been monitoring Cyclone Ita as it approached and made landfall.

Australia:  Tropical Cyclone Ita, April 2014

Volunteers reporting in:  Aline, Cindy, Susan, Scott, Chris, Janelle, Alice, Nadia, Allyson, Sarah, Judith, Gerald, Cat, Darwin

Use Right Click – to open links in a new window

What Happened

April 11, 2014, 9:26pm AEST (11:25am UTC):

Ita crossed the coast at Cape Flattery about 9:00pm AEST as a category four storm. The weather bureau said the storm was low in the category four scale and was losing strength as it hit land. 

11 April 2014, 9:12 pm AEST (11:25am UTC)

SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE ITA, CATEGORY 4, is crossing the coast near Cape Flattery with VERY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS to 230 kilometres per hour near the core and GALES extending out to 185 kilometres from the centre. The cyclone is expected to continue moving southsouthwest overnight and gradually weaken.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with wind gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour are expected to develop elsewhere between Cape Melville and Cooktown tonight, extending south to Cape Tribulation overnight and possibly to Port Douglas during Saturday morning. GALES are occurring between Cape Melville and Cooktown and should extend south to Cape Tribulation and inland to Laura and Palmerville overnight. Gales may extend south to Cairns and Innisfail and inland to Chillagoe during Saturday, and possibly to Cardwell later in the evening. There remains the small possibility that Ita could track south close to the coast tonight and maintain an intensity capable of generating destructive wind gusts to 150 kilometres per hour in Cairns during Saturday.

Coastal residents between Cape Flattery and Cape Tribulation, including Cooktown are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide overnight and on the high tide Saturday morning. The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level which will be significantly above the normal tide, with damaging waves, strong currents and flooding of low-lying areas extending some way inland. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities.

Very heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is developing about parts of the Peninsula and North Tropical Coast and Tablelands districts and should gradually contract southwards with the system over the weekend. 

April 11, 2014, 5:05am EST:  Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita, a Category 5 cyclone, poses a serious threat to communities along the far north Queensland coast. It is expected to move southwest and make landfall between Cape Melville and Cooktown later today as a category 5 Tropical Cyclone with very destructive winds of up to 300 kilometres per hour near the core and gales extending out to 200km from the centre.

Destructive winds with wind gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour may develop between Cape Melville and Cooktown from late morning extending south to Cape Tribulation and possibly Port Douglas later in the day.  Gales may develop between Lockhart River and Cape Tribulation later this morning before extending further south to Cairns and inland to Kalinga, Palmerville, and Laura, and Chillagoe tonight, and then south to Innisfail and possibly Cardwell during Saturday. By this time the cyclone is expected to be weakening over land. (Source)

National & Regional Links

Australian Emergency Management 

Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Emergency Management Queensland 

Queensland government

Queensland councils

Queensland Alert

Queensland Department of Community Safety

Queensland Police Service

Queensland Ambulance Service

Queensland Disasters and Alerts

Cairns Regional Council

Cook Shire

Mareeba Shire Council

Cassowary Coast Regional Council

Douglas Shire Council

Hinchinbrook Shire Council

Emergency Numbers

In a life threatening emergency call 000.

People with a hearing or speech impairment – call 106 through a TTY or computer with a modem

Queensland State Emergency Services – 132 500 (call for emergency assistance with storm damage, rising flood waters, fallen trees, fallen buildings, roof damage).

Bureau of Meteorology

Automated Telephone Messages: Cyclone Advices (Watch/Warning):

  • QLD: 1300 659 212
  • NT: 1300 659 211
  • WA: 1300 659 210

Emergency Management Queensland – 1300 369 003

Cairns-07 4032 8682, Townsville-07 4796 9040, Mt Isa-07 4743 2601, Rockhampton-07 4938 4999, Mackay-07 4965 6651, Longreach-07 4658 1308, Toowoomba-07 4616 1560, Roma-07 4622 2188, Maryborough-07 4190 4810, Sunshine Coast-07 5420 7568, Ormeau-07 5547 3108, Brisbane-07 3635 1890

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service:  Emergencies Only-Triple Zero (000) or TTY:106

Non-Emergencies-Australia: 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or International: +617 3405 0985

Regional Fire Station listing for Far Northern Region Contact information on PDF File

Rural Fire Service Queensland Contact information on Home Page

Queensland Police Service If it is an emergency triple zero 000.  If it is not an emergency Policelink 131 444



Telstra (Infrastructure; Mobile, phone & internet services)

  • Report Telstra equipment damage
  • Call 13 22 03 if t an accident causing personal injury, reporting risk to public, overhead wires are down, calling about previously reported damage, Telstra phone service is affected
  • For damage to pits, pillars, cabinets, underground cables (no danger):
  • Mass service outages
  • Telstra News

NBN (Infrastructure; phone & internet services)

  • 1 800 687 6263


  • Report Optus equipment damage


Power supply / outages:

Dangerous situations or downed power lines:

  • SEQ residents contact Energex on 13 19 62
  • All other QLD residents contact Ergon Energy on 13 16 70

Loss of Supply:

  • SEQ residents contact Energex or phone 13 62 62
  • All other QLD residents contact Ergon Energy or phone 13 22 96.  For updates from Ergon Energy: TwitterFacebook

Situation Updates:

  • 11 April – reports of power outages in Cooktown. 
  • 12 April – Ergon Energy reporting 1800 customers without power. 
  • 12 April – Ergon Energy reports power issues in Hope Vale, Cooktown, Mossman, and Kuranda.

Traditional  Media and blogs


ABC Emergency

FNQ Online

Ten News Queensland

Nine News Brisbane

The Cairns Post

The Cairns Post Cyclone pages


  • ABC Radio, live streaming online
  • ABC Far North: 801AM, 106.7FM, 95.5FM, 639AM, (90.1FM Port Douglas north)
  • Cairns Community Radio: 89.1FM multicultural broadcasts
  • Bumma Bippera Media: 98.7 FM Indigenous radio


Right click on Links to open

Cyclone Ita (Bureau of Meteorology)

Queensland Police Service

Queensland Fire and Emergency

Queensland Ambulance Service

Queensland Health

Australian Red Cross

Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre

Townsville Council

Australian Citizens Radio Emergency (ACREM)


Primary hashtags: #TCita #CycloneIta

Other hashtags: #QLD #FNQ #AU #Cooktown #Cairns #Queensland


Right click on Links to open

Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Queensland Police Service

Queensland Fire & Emergency Services

Queensland Ambulance Service

Australian Red Cross

Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre


Townsville Storms

Cook Shire Connect

Cassowary Coast Regional Council

Hinchinbrook Disaster Information

NQ Flood Update

Queensland Rail

Port Douglas

Maps and Situational awareness


Australian Bureau of Meteorology: 

9:12pm, 11 April 2014:

Trackmap (source)

Port Douglas storm tide surge evacuation maps

Cooktown storm tide mapping


Tropical Cyclone Advice #29 

Instructions for Cyclone: 


Health and hospital information:

Contact Queensland Health or phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)

List of hospitals in Queensland

Emotional support: Lifeline 13 11 14

Situation Update:

  • 11 April:  Health services prepare for cyclone Ita: 
  • 11 April:  Hospital emergency plans have been activated in Cooktown, Coen, Laura, Hopevale, Lockhart River and Wujal Wujal.



Right click on links to open

Find an evacuation centre:

Map of shelters: 

  • Cooktown – PCYC Cooktown Event Centre, 3 May St, Cooktown. (shelter closed 11 April)
  • Hope Vale (near Cooktown) – PCYC Hope Vale, Muni St, Hope Vale (reported open in national media) 
  • Port Douglas – Port Douglas Storm Tide Cyclone Centre, Port Douglas State School,  Endeavour St, Port Douglas Open from 2pm 11 April 2014.
  • Edmonton PCYC 10-20 Walker Road, Edmonton. CLOSED 8:45pm, occupants transferred to Redlynch shelter
  • Redlynch State College, shelter building, Jungara Road, Redlynch
  • Residents of RED and ORANGE storm tide inundation zones ( are being accepted into Redlynch public shelter 


National Registration and Inquiry System:  

Tel: 1300 993 191 (if worried about friends or family in cyclone area; call this number instead of local police)  

International: +61 7 3055 6220 (for inquiries from outside Australia)

Red Cross:  (register to say you’re safe and/or to find people in affected area).

Red Cross

National Office:

155 Pelham Street, Carlton VIC 3053

Tel:  03 9345 1800




Queensland Office:

49 Park Rd, Milton QLD 4064

Tel:  07 3367 7222

Free Call:  1300 554 419

Email:  RSPCA lost/found(to report lost or missing animals during times of disaster and emergency events)

Queensland Lost Pets (to register lost or found pets)

Report animals in distress, concerns for animal welfare: he following options:

  • RSPCA Inspectorate on 3426 9971 or 1300 852 188
  • Queensland Primary Industry call centre on 3239 3111
  • Your local Police Station

Further information is available at the RSPCA web site

Directory of Pet Rescue Organizations 

Directory Of Veterinarians Brisbane, Queensland 

Directory of Australian Wildlife care/treatment organizations 

List of horse vets in Australia 

Australian Horse Rescue

Blood Donations

Donations (In kind or physical donation needs)


Emergency volunteering:

Urgent Needs Information

Transportation, Infrastructure and Road Conditions:

Traffic and Travel Information for Metropolitan Region of Queensland:

Tel: 13 19 40


Queensland Road Conditions and Closures
Cookshire Roads: 

Queensland Rail:

Tel: 13 12 30


Cairns Airport:


Situation Updates:

Picture Links

ABC preparations for Cyclone ITA: