Tropical low does U-turn
WEATHER forecasters are keeping a close eye on a tropical low which could form into a cyclone in the Coral Sea in the next few days. The tropical low formerly known as Cyclone Anthony is travelling unpredictably through the Coral Sea and has made a sharp U-turn heading west towards Port Douglas. Weather forecaster from the Cairns Bureau of Meteorology Ben Suter is confident that there is a 50 per cent risk that the tropical low will turn into a category one cyclone by tomorrow. “It is still a tropical low but it is slowly moving through the Coral Sea and turning a corner and drifting west,” he said. “At this stage it is too early to identify if the low will head towards the Douglas region but there is a chance of it becoming a cyclone category 1 by the weekend. “If it does become a category 1 cyclone locals can expect up to 41 knot winds which is 125 kilometre per hour winds.” He predicts Cyclone Anthony to be between Cooktown and Townsville by this Saturday if it reaches a category 1 level. “Locals can expect to have really good weather on Thursday and an increase of showers and wind over the weekend. We will be able to track where the tropical low is heading specifically closer to the weekend,” he said.