Cyclone Owen will wreak havoc across Queensland but the state has done all it can to prepare for the category four storm, the premier says.
Cyclone Owen will "wreak havoc" across Queensland with remote communities braced for 280km/h winds and much of the state on flood alert, the premier says.
Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state has done all it can to be ready for Owen, which is expected to hit as a severe category four storm as early as Friday night.
The latest modelling suggests Owen will make landfall south of Kowanyama, on Cape York Peninsula's east coast, late on Friday or early on Saturday.
Other parts of Queensland could see flooding with Owen expected to dump as much as 400mm of rain on some areas in coming days.
Rain and storms are also forecast from a separate weather system in the state's southeast corner.
In central Queensland, there are concerns about possible landslides if heavy rain falls over vast tracts of land denuded by recent bushfires.
"We've just been through horrendous bushfires and now we're dealing with a ... cyclone. Owen will wreak havoc across our state and come down the east coast," the premier told the Seven network on Friday.
In a sign of how widespread the wild weather will be, 29 mayors from across the state have been involved in disaster planning meetings.
Ahead of Owen's arrival, more than 60 emergency services staff have been sent to Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw, including swift water rescue experts.
Authorities have been making sure everyone has a place to shelter, in cyclone-rated buildings. And in coastal areas likely to see wild winds, boats have been ordered back to harbour.
Owen is still a category three cyclone, with wind gusts of almost 200km/h. It could reach category four strength by early afternoon.
Dr Richard Wardle, from the Bureau of Meteorology, said communities near Owen's landfall location must be prepared for very destructive winds, heavy rain, and a significant storm tide.
Abnormally high tides could also compound any flooding on the east coast.