News

First Queensland cyclone of the season could form tonight

Bureau of Meteorology's tropical cyclone forecast track map - February 17, 2017.
Bureau of Meteorology's tropical cyclone forecast track map - February 17, 2017.

THERE is a high chance a tropical cyclone will form in Queensland's Gulf of Carpentaria tonight, the Bureau of Metereology has warned.

When the current tropical low intensifies into a Category 1 cyclone, which BoM predicts to happen about 7pm Friday, the cyclone is expected to be named Alfred.

A Tropical Cyclone Advice, issued at 7.30am Friday, shows the warning zone being the Northern Territory/Queensland border to Burketown with a further watch zone Port McArthur to the Northern Territory/Queensland border.

"The tropical low situated to the west of Mornington Island is expected to continue moving in a general westwards direction today and may form into a tropical cyclone by tonight," the BoM advice says.

"It is possible that the system may reach category 2 intensity near the Qld/NT border on Saturday, but this will be highly dependent on the system taking a track over water during the next 24 hours.

"Alternatively, if the system takes a track over land today, formation into a tropical cyclone would most likely be delayed until the weekend."

 

 

Destructive winds, with gusts in excess of 125kmh, may occur near the NT/Qld border during Saturday, but this will be "highly dependent on the system reaching category 2 intensity", BoM warns.

"Heavy rain, which may lead to localised flash flooding, is also possible in areas about the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast, islands and adjacent inland areas during today and over the weekend," the advice says.

"Abnormally high tides are expected about the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast today and over the weekend, but at this stage the sea level is not forecast to exceed the highest tide of the year. Large waves are likely along the beachfront."

People between Burketown (Queensland) and the NT/Queensland border should take precautions and listen to the next advice from the Bureau, expected about 11am.

Expected tracking:

  • February 17, 7am: Tropical low
  • February 17, 1pm: Tropical low
  • February 17, 7pm: Category 1
  • February 18, 1am: Category 1
  • February 18, 7am: Category 2
  • February 18, 7pm: Category 2

The next forecast track map will be issued by 11am Friday.

Topics:  bureau of meteorology burketown cyclone editors picks queensland weather


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Regatta success for Outrigger Whitsunday

PADDLING OUT: Outrigger Whitsunday members got off to a flying start to the year in their first regatta for 2017 at the weekend.

A strong showing for local outriggers.

Jewellery stolen in broad daylight

Police are calling for assistance to locate anyone responsible for the theft of jewellery items from a Cannonvale home yesterday afternoon.

Items were stolen from a Cannonvale home yesterday afternoon.

Swim club firing on all cylinders

READY TO JUMP: Macy Grove, Eve Carter-Attwood, Maisie Goswell, Amber Benson (hiding a little behind Maisie) and Jakarra Heffernan ready to compete for the Cannonvale Cannons.

Cannonvale Cannons fire as records tumble.

Local Partners

Community brings food for thought

A BUNCH of community minded people came together to fill their brains and their bellies for the PCYC's Breakfast for Champions last week.

CMC Rocks is just the ticket for Eric Paslay

HAPPY TO BE HERE: American country singer Eric Paslay will play CMC Rocks 2017.

Country music singer is touring overseas for the first time.

Daredevils of Nitro Circus to thrill Lismore

Oakes Oval in Lismore will host the sell-out, worldwide phenomenon that is Nitro Circus Live during its 15-city Australian tour in April.

The (in)famous 55-foot high Nitro Giganta ramp is the centrepiece

CHOOSING LIFE: Emu Park veteran leads way out of PTSD

WINNING THE FIGHT: Andrea Josephs with her daughter Kyla (10) at the Emu Park Anzac Memorial ahead of her official Matilda Poppy launch this weekend.

Andrea Josephs will officially launch Matilda Poppy in new hometown

Morgan Evans opens up about his CMC love story

SINGER returns from Nashville to host tonight's CMC Music Awards, which he co-hosted last year with his now fiance Kelsea Ballerini.

What's on the big screen this week

OLD TALE: Emma Watson brings to life the character of Belle in Beauty and the Beast.

DISNEY'S remake of Beauty and the Beast opens to rave reviews.

MKR recap: Josh and Amy figure out how to get along

Josh and Amy have figured out how to get along and cook well. Stay away from each other.

THEY’RE the couple we love to hate, but something changed tonight.

Mariah’s making a movie we probably don’t need

Mariah Carey and her dog Jack are prepping for a Christmas movie.

Mariah Carey is making animated movie ready for Christmas.

CMC Rocks is just the ticket for Eric Paslay

HAPPY TO BE HERE: American country singer Eric Paslay will play CMC Rocks 2017.

Country music singer is touring overseas for the first time.

MOVIE REVIEW: Disney remake a beauty-ful story

Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star in the movie Beauty and the Beast.

Emma Watson stars as Belle in classic tale of finding unlikely love

MOVIE REVIEW: Peppa Pig's Aussie adventure will delight fans

A scene from My First Cinema Experience: Peppa Pig's Australian Holiday.

Peppa visits Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef in feature film debut

Couple ditch Springfield for $350 million rural lifestyle

Sales consultant Rachel Hargreaves (left) of Oliver Hume Waterlea at Wallon with new land owner Rebecca Mallett.

“To purchase a block the same size would be double the price here"

It's official: Byron Bay unaffordable

MILLIONAIRES ROW: The Housing Commission house in Keats St, Byron Bay which sold at auction on Saturday for $1.65 million.

Buying a home in Bay Bay is a dream too far for some

Coast home luring interstate buyers sold

PRIZED POSITION: Blue clip location, peaceful surroundings, spacious living with swimming pool, tennis court on 4562sq
m

The property was described as a 'Queenslander with Hamptons style'

Stylish Coast home lures buyers from four states

PRIZED POSITION: The six-bedroom house with swimming pool and floodlit tennis court is on 4562sq
m.

Expansive property boasts serious space

Time to buy: Rockhampton the most affordable in Queensland

Capricorn Coast continues to drawn in buyers

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!