Tropical Cyclone "Penny"

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Published Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Tropical Cyclone "Penny" formed at 21:00 UTC, December 31, 2018 (08:00 AEST, Tuesday, January 1, 2019) over the warm tropical waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia and made landfall around 05:00 UTC, January 1 just south of Weipa. It is possibly Penny will redevelop into a Catagory 1 or 2 system later this week and curve back towards the Queensland coast as a low.

Dr. Richard Wardle, BOM's Weather Services Manager, said Penny made landfall just south of Weipa around 16:00 LT (05:00 UTC), where it will weaken back to low as it moves over the Peninsula and re-enters the Coral Sea tomorrow morning (LT).

"In the longer term, ex-tropical Cyclone Penny is forecast to move further into the Coral Sea, where it may redevelop into a category 1 or 2 system later this week," Wardle said.

A Flood Watch is in place for catchments in Cape York Peninsula north of the Daintree and Mossman Rivers. Catchments between Cardwell and Cairns have been removed from the Flood Watch area, now that heavy rainfall is no longer expected.

Flood Warnings for the Tully, Murray and upper Herbert catchments were finalized earlier this morning when river levels eased below the minor flooding level.
Source: DORRIS

Tropical Cyclone "Penny" Facts

Power: 1
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Yellow
Category: Met
Response: Monitor
Severity: Minor
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

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