Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Cyclone Owen forms off North Queensland coast

Tropical Cyclone Owen forms off north Queensland coast Cyclone Owen forms - poses no current threat to NZ but remains 'one to watch'
Cary Marshall | 05 December, 2018, 22:08

Queensland is continuing to battle more than 100 fires after risky conditions persisted at the weekend, while the first tropical cyclone for this season has formed in the Coral Sea.

What this means is that we'll see the low - now about 1000 km offshore from Cairns to the ENE - continue to develop throughout this afternoon, and then likely reach Category 1 tropical cyclone intensity by late tonight.

The official BOM tropical cyclone outlook for the 2018-19 season predicted that four cyclones would form in the Coral Sea off the Queensland coast, with one predicted to make landfall.

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The Bureau of Meteorology says Tropical Cycle Owen is about 545km northeast of Willis Island and 990km northeast of Cairns.

"The cyclone should be relatively slow moving, and poses no immediate threat to the Queensland coast", the Bureau of Meteorology says.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters on Sunday that authorities would monitor the cyclone over the coming days.

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