Updated: 12/17/2018 1:44:32 AM
Cyclone Owen has weakened to a category 1 system and is moving eastwards across the northern interior of Queensland. Current warning zones include inland areas of the northern interior of Queensland including Georgetown. The system is currently a category 1 tropical cyclone with sustained winds near the center of 65 km/h with wind gusts to 95 km/h. Gales with gusts up to 90 km per hour extend to about 90 km from the center on the southern side of the system. Areas of heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, are occurring near the cyclone about the southeast Gulf Country district, and will extend eastwards across southern Cape York Peninsula as the cyclone moves inland during the day.
Updated: 12/16/2018 3:25:25 AM
At 5.05 this afternoon, the Bureau of Meteorology warned that a very dangerous yet slow-moving thunderstorm was likely to affect the towns of Dalby by 6.05pm, and was already affecting Tipton, the areas west of Toowoomba and the area northwest of Oakey. The bureau warned that the biggest threat was from intense rainfall which could produce flash flooding.
Updated: 12/15/2018 2:46:36 AM
Cyclone Owen has weakened to a category 1 system and is moving eastwards across the northern interior of Queensland.
Current warning zones include inland areas of the northern interior of Queensland including Georgetown.
The system is currently a category 1 tropical cyclone with sustained winds near the center of 65 km/h with wind gusts to 95 km/h.
Gales with gusts up to 90 km per hour extend to about 90 km from the center on the southern side of the system.
Updated: 12/14/2018 3:22:43 AM
Tropical Cyclone Owen, packing up to 220 km/h winds and extreme rainfall, is expected to unleash a 1800 km-long trail of havoc from Cairns to Coolangatta.
Authorities have warned there are “only a few hours left” to prepare before Tropical Cyclone Owen hits Queensland’s northeast coast.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged Queenslanders pay attention to weather warnings, check in with their neighbors and stay safe over the next few days, after a meeting today with the Queensland Disaster Management Committee.
While the cyclone has since been reduced to a Category 3, the Bureau of Meteorology expects it to grow to a category 4 during the day before hitting the coast late tonight or early tomorrow.
Updated: 12/13/2018 1:49:39 AM
A severe cyclone expected to hit Queensland on Friday could also spark flooding and landslides in other parts of the state.
Queensland is still recovering from its recent bushfire crisis but is once again on emergency footing as Cyclone Owen builds in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The category three storm is expected to grow into a destructive category four before it crosses the Queensland coast on Friday.
Updated: 12/12/2018 3:08:24 AM
The zombie cyclone that powered back from the dead is in now full swing, intensifying to a category two system.
Tropical Cyclone Owen has strengthened this afternoon, bringing with it heavy rain and destructive winds in north Queensland.
About 10 pm last night, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Owen regained enough power to become a category one storm and attain its former status after petering out last month.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the cyclone is moving west across the warm waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria, about 140 km southeast of Groote Eylandt off the Northern Territory.
Updated: 12/11/2018 12:52:04 PM
Ex-Tropical Cyclone "Owen" crossed the coast near Port Douglas at 03:00 local time Monday, December 10, 2018. The storm brought heavy rain and damaging wind gusts to the north tropical coast of Queensland. Meteorologists say it's looking like it the cyclone will reform in the Gulf Of Carpentaria this week.
According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), Kirrama Range sam 349 mm of rain in the 24 hours to 09:00 LT. In just 60 minutes, Bilyana, between Tully and Cardwell recorded 92 mm of their 239 mm 24-hr rainfall.
Wind gusts of 87 km/h were recorded at both Cairns Airport and Innisfail Airports as Owen approached the coast, and we saw some trees down at Yarrabah, meteorologist Adam Morgan said.
Updated: 12/5/2018 4:39:34 AM
Tropical Cyclone Owen has become the first December cyclone to develop in the Coral Sea since 1997. It is not a particularly powerful system, and as such, its approach towards Australia's east coast is potentially good news.
It is expected to be downgraded to a tropical low overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. The remnants of Owen are then forecast to move towards northeastern Queensland later this week.
Cairns, had its hottest November day (two days in a row) with a maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius, beating the previous high by a staggering 5C.
According to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology, last month was overall the fourth-warmest November on record.
Updated: 12/4/2018 3:31:33 AM
Severe storms around central and north Queensland this afternoon left about 20,000 properties without power.
A teenager has suffered an electric shock caused by a lightning strike during storms in the Mackay region.
Further storm activity across the Tablelands in the early hours of this morning caused outages at Wondecla, Herberton, Almaden and west of Mareeba.
Updated: 12/3/2018 4:07:47 AM
Storm Owen is expected to intensify further as it continues its south-southeast track in the northern Coral Sea. The Bureau of Meteorology said the Category One storm was located about 540 km east northeast of Willis Island and 1000 km east of Cairns around 4 am on Monday.
Published Sunday, December 2, 2018
According to the JTWC advisory 1, this new tropical cyclone is moving over the southwest Pacific, and then over the northern Coral Sea…generally towards the south and then west.
The storm isn’t expected to reach the equivalent of a typhoon , although will likely strengthen to about 45 knots soon.
The forecast has the storm eventually moving towards the northeast coast of Australia
Storm Owen Facts
Affected Area: 100 km.
Alert Level: Green
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