Fore­cast­ers say Cy­clone Zane will hit north of Cook­town

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

CY­CLONE Zane is ex­pected to hit land­fall north of Cook­town af­ter sun­rise and be­fore mid­day to­day.

Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy duty fore­caster Ali­cia Dun­can­son said be­cause it now will hit land north of Cook­town, Cape Tribu­la­tion should be spared from the ex­treme winds on the edge of the sys­tem, which was last night down­graded to a cat­e­gory 1.

‘‘The gale force winds ex­pe­ri­enced by the re­gion are in­di­rectly re­lated to the cy­clone,’’ she said.

‘‘Be­cause of the trop­i­cal cy­clone and a high near Bris­bane the com­bi­na­tion of those two are pro­duc­ing the strong winds along Queens­land’s coast, par­tic­u­larly the north­ern coast.’’

Cy­clone Zane should cross above Cape Grenville, above Lock­hart River and con­tinue in a west­erly di­rec­tion over the Cape, di­min­ish­ing in strength as it pro­gresses.

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