**This Emergency Alert has been cancelled**

Earlier...

An Emergency Alert has been issued for Palm Island residents from the Local Disaster Management Group.

Gale force winds and heavy rain are now affecting Palm Island and are expected to continue into Tuesday.

Residents are advised to cancel non-essential travel, secure their premises, find a safe place to shelter and stay home.

Residents are asked to advise family and friends of the situation. For further information please visit www.bom.gov.au.