Far North Queensland residents have been put on notice, after meteorologists predicted a Category 3 cyclone would cross the Queensland coast tomorrow.

Warnings have been issued for Queensland’s Gulf Country, from Thursday Island to Cape Keerweer, after Cyclone Nora formed off the Northern Territory this morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s (BOM) Senior Forecaster Rick Threlfall said the system was likely to worsen as it moved east towards the Gulf of Carpentaria.

“It’s in a good position to intensify through today and should become a Category 2 system by this afternoon as it moves over warm waters,” Mr Threlfall said.

“It will then turn south-east through the Gulf and track towards the coast over the weekend.

“It will become a severe Tropical Cyclone Category 3 system by Saturday afternoon.”

BOM forecasters have predicted winds of up to 150 kilometres per hour would develop this afternoon, accompanied by heavy rainfall this evening.

Queensland Emergency Services have begun emergency preparations for towns that may be affected.

House Call Doctor encouraged all residents to heed warnings and advice to protect their safety and wellbeing.