Updated: 1/10/2019 4:14:17 AM
Torrential rain has pounded parts of North Queensland, cutting the Bruce Highway and forcing the rescue of five pig hunters who got trapped in rising floodwaters. The trough associated with ex-tropical cyclone Penny crossed the coast between Townsville and Bowen overnight, bringing isolated patches of heavy rainfall. Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michelle Berry said the system moved inland of Bowen and out to Charters Towers with areas west of Bowen receiving the heaviest rain. The heavy rain cut the Bruce Highway at Gumlu, between Home Hill and Bowen, which was closed to traffic for most of the day before reopening this evening.
Far-north Queensland is preparing for more wild weather as ex-tropical cyclone Penny hits the nation for the third time. The system is now a tropical low and is likely to bring heavy rains, with up to 180 millimetres forecast. Coastal catchments between Gladstone and Cape Tribulation are on flood watch as it tracks parallel to the coastline. Source: News Corp Australia
Updated: 1/9/2019 1:27:38 AM
Almost 200 mm of rain could saturate the central Queensland coast over the next few days as Ex-tropical cyclone Penny inches closer to the state. There are warnings that between 100 mm and 180 mm could fall in just six hours. Meanwhile thunderstorms are expected for the rest of the week in New South Wales with a heatwave looking likely for the southern states towards the weekend. Early on Wednesday morning the tropical low was located 115 km east of Bowen in the Pacific Ocean and was moving towards the coast at 6 km/h.
Updated: 1/8/2019 3:36:12 AM
Ex-tropical Cyclone Penny is on track to reach the Queensland coast today and the system is set to deliver another soaking for the Far North. After weakening to below cyclone strength on the weekend, the system is expected to cross the coast as a low. Bureau of Meteorology Weather Services Manager, Dr Richard Wardle, said there was still a moderate chance the low could re-intensify to cyclone strength, but the most likely scenario had it remaining as a low.
Updated: 1/7/2019 5:17:23 AM
The Bureau of Meteorology say showers and overcast conditions in the southeast are set to continue for the next few days as ex-Tropical Cyclone Penny moves back towards the Queensland coast. Brisbane’s north side saw more rain than the Bureau predicted overnight, with a line of showers extending from the Brisbane Airport to Mount Glorious, and recorded rain totals of up to 30 mm. The system is predicted to move closer to the coast over the next 24-48 hours, and extend north towards Townsville and Cairns in the middle of the week. Although the ex-cyclone is not predicted to intensify, BOM authorities have warned it could bring heavy rainfalls of up to 150 mm in 6 hours, which could lead to flash flooding.
Updated: 1/6/2019 4:59:34 AM
At 5pm, a severe weather warning was issued for damaging winds and heavy rainfall for people in parts of Herbert and Lower Burdekin districts. Areas of heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, are expected to develop over the southern flank of the system from Monday evening. Heavy rain should initially develop about coastal areas between Alva Beach and Sarina, and extend inland during Tuesday.
Updated: 1/4/2019 3:33:21 AM
At 10:00am on Friday, the BOM radar placed the system 620 kilometres east of Willis Island and 1,020km east north-east of Townsville. BOM meteorologist Michael Knepp said the system was expected to become almost stationary over the next 24 hours before turning west towards the coast. "As it starts moving to the west, we expect the system to start to weaken to a category one system on Sunday, and then more than likely an ex-tropical cyclone on Monday or Tuesday," he said. "Even though we are forecasting the system will become an ex-tropical cyclone, there is still the possibility it will maintain cyclone strength as it nears the Queensland coast."
Mr Knepp said there was still uncertainty about the system's movements. "Anywhere north of Fraser Island towards Cooktown, anywhere along that coastline could be impacted by this system," he said. Mr Knepp said Cyclone Penny could also bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to parts of the coast.
Published Thursday, January 3, 2019
Cyclone Penny is expected to intensify to a category 2 system before swinging around to head back toward Queensland.
It’s expected to weaken as it heads for Townsville, hitting as a tropical low next week although the Bureau of Meteorology said there was still a risk it could still be a cyclone when it hits.
As of about 11.40 am today Tropical Cyclone Penny was a category 1 out over the Coral Sea and gaining strength.
The system had recorded wind gusts up to 120 kmh and was moving at about 44 kmh in an east-southeast direction.
The Bureau of the Meteorology is predicting Penny to gradually intensify while it remains out over sea.
It is forecast to reach its peak as a category 2 system while offshore by 10 pm tonight before turning for Queensland tomorrow morning.
Brisbane is expected to be partly cloudy with a high chance of showers, most likely during the morning and afternoon, along with a chance of a thunderstorm.
Similarly, Sunshine Coast is also predicted to have an 80 per cent chance of thunderstorms, while the Gold Coast is expected to have 70 per cent chance of rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Toowoomba is also predicted to have higher winds than the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast, with winds picking up to 20 to 30 km/h in the early afternoon.
Temperatures will remain relatively normal for all areas sitting in the late 20 s and early 30 s.
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