Tropical cyclones are a fact of life for many communities along the northern Queensland coast during summer.

You should take the cyclone threat seriously. The Queensland Government Disaster Management website has excellent information on cyclones and how to prepare for them.

The Bureau of Meteorology also provides information on cyclones, up-to-date cyclone warnings and a cyclone tracking map.

You can also download our cyclone plotting map (PDF 1.3 mb) to plot the progress of a cyclone.

Our severe weather safety information can help you prepare for the cyclone and storm season.

What to do if your power goes out

If your power goes out, from the safety of your own home or workplace, look out the window or contact neighbours to check if the interruption is affecting only your property or is more widespread.

If you can see or hear something that could help identify the problem, like hanging powerlines or a loud bang, stay well clear and contact our Faults line on 13 22 96. Precise details will assist our emergency crews to restore power.

Call Triple Zero (000) or 13 16 70 if powerlines are down.

Remember, during a storm or cyclone or when the power is out, telephone lines and mobile phone networks may be congested or damaged so please be patient.

Any electrical faults, including brown outs, might be caused by fallen powerlines. Always assume fallen powerlines are live. Stay well clear and warn others.