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Small Queensland island on cyclone watch

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<p>Rain is forecast across Queensland for the weekend with a warning in the Gulf of Carpentaria for a cyclone that could bring destructive winds and 200mm of rain.</p>

Residents of Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria are on alert for a tropical cyclone that could form later today.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the weather system - which will be named Esther if it forms - could bring destructive winds and up to 200mm of rainfall.

Senior Meteorologist Gabriel Branescu said on Friday that a cyclone watch was in place for the northeast of the Northern Territory to Normanton — 500km east of the Queensland-Northern Territory border.

It is likely to see damaging winds, even possibly destructive winds during late Sunday and Monday," he said.

Cyclone Watch forecast map 22/2 at 2am

"We will see a storm surge over Mornington Island and the southern parts of the Gulf of Carpentaria."

If the cyclone reaches the mainland it is forecast to reach the Northern Territory.

Rainfall is forecast for across the northern parts of the Territory and Queensland. There is also rainfall forecast for drought-stricken areas of southern Queensland.

A separate weather system is forecast to bring rain to towns in the southern interior of the state including Charleville, Longreach, Bollon and Roma.

The heaviest of the rain is forecast to fall on Saturday and Sunday, with intense rainfall to be watched for potential flash flooding according to Mr Branescu.

Radar image Sat 22/2 at 4am

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/cyclone-watch-queensland-island/12173066-2994-4d3c-8708-43c6aa9b2609

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