Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Tropical Cyclone Hits Far North Australia Near Rio Tinto Mine

Cyclone Penny expected over New Year's Eve in Far North Queensland Tropical low could surge to category 2 cyclone on New Year's Day
Cary Marshall | 02 January, 2019, 11:24

The possible formation of Cyclone Penny prompted the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a cyclone watch for the west coast of Cape York Peninsula on Monday afternoon, with a track map forecasting it to intensify into a cyclone by 4am on New Year's Day.

Residents can expect peak gusts of more than 90km/h on Monday with heavy rainfall expected to cause flash flooding over the coming days.

The system is now over the Gulf of Carpentaria and moving west but is expected to turn back towards the Queensland coast tomorrow.

A cyclone warning is now in place from the tip of Cape York south to Kowanyama. A flood watch alert remains for coastal catchments north of Cardwell, including across Cape York Peninsula. Cyclone Penny is expected to weaken to a tropical low as it crosses land and moves out to the Coral Sea.

Queensland Emergency Services has advised north Queenslanders on Facebook that with rain and severe weather around, it was a good time to make sure their preparations were in order, such as emergency kits.

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The deluge has the potential to cause flash flooding and has swollen rivers and creeks. "Under no circumstance should people enter flooded creeks or causeways by road or on foot. If you come across rising floodwaters, turn around and seek an alternative route".

A tropical low off far north Queensland could brew into a tropical cyclone in the new year, but even if it doesn't, people there will face damaging winds and continued heavy rain.

The woman was last seen walking into fast-flowing Wallaby Creek at Rossville, north of Cairns, on Thursday.

The body of a yet to be identified man was found on Monday morning, several kilometres downstream from where a 28-year-old man entered a flooded canal close to Cairns city on Saturday.

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