The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that tropical cyclone Debbie is expected to slam into Townsville earlier than first forecast.
Currently a Category 2 storm, Debbie is expected to become a Category 4 sometime before it makes landfall.
Winds of up to 100km/h are expected to develop in the city as early as 4pm today based on Cyclone Debbie's current path, Queensland Police said.
The cyclone is sitting north-east of Townsville in the Coral Sea and is expected to track west-south west and cross the coast somewhere between Townsville and Proserpine.
An emergency alert has been issued for Cungulla and Cleveland Palms, around 40 minutes south-east of Townsville, warning residents to evacuate the area before 6am today.
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