UPDATED: Tropical Cyclone Ann moves towards Qld coast

RACQ has warned drivers to take care in the wet, after it was reported an out of season cyclone could bring heavy rain and strong winds to parts of Queensland when it crossed the coast on Wednesday as a category one.

Bureau of Meteorology reported Tropical Cyclone Ann, which sat 490 kilometres to the east northeast of Cairns in the Coral Sea, continued to develop.

Heavy falls and winds were likely and a Flood Watch had been issued for coastal catchments between Cooktown and Ingham.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said drivers should be mindful that road conditions could deteriorate over the coming days.

“If you do find yourself driving in the rain, slow down, put your lights on, increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front and keep an eye out for any debris which might have been blown onto the road,” Ms Hunter said.

“Don’t forget to visit RACQ’s Road Conditions website for the latest closure and conditions information before you hit the road.”

Ms Hunter said it was important Queensland families took the time to consider what needed to be done around the house in preparation for the potential cyclone and to put their plan in place.

“Take a good look around the outside of your home and remove debris, like branches and trees, clean your gutters and make sure your roof is secure and doesn’t leak.”