Trop­i­cal low does U-turn

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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