New cy­clone threat for the North

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page - by Emily Mac­don­ald emily. mac­don­ald@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

QUEENS­LAND’S State Disas­ter Man­age­ment Group met late yes­ter­day, wor­ried about a trop­i­cal low which has the po­ten­tial to turn into a cy­clone and hit the coast b e t ween Townsvill e a nd Cairns on Satur­day.

The low pres­sure

sys­tem will be named Cy­clone Er­rol if it in­ten­si­fies to a cat­e­gory one sys­tem.

While it is not ex­pected to bring the level of dev­as­ta­tion which ac­com­pa­nied Cy­clone Yasi last month, authorities are con­cerned about the amount of rain­fall the low­pres­sure sys­tem will bring with it.

The low is off the south-east coast of Pa­pua New Guinea.

The Euro­pean Cen­tre for Me d i u m-R a n g e We a t h e r Fore­casts pro­vided ad­vice which sug­gested Cy­clone Er­rol may be short-lived with a 24 to 36-hour life­span be­fore re­vert­ing into a trop­i­cal low.

Medium-range fore­cast­ers will up­date t heir ad­vice again to­day.

Ac­cord­ing to The Weather Chan­nel, which is also mon­i­tor­ing a sys­tem in West­ern Aus­tralia, the east­ern low was also pre­dicted to bring rain­fall back to the al­ready flood rav­aged south-east.

‘ ‘ T h e s e c o n d l o w l i e s fur­ther east, fo­cus­ing very heavy rain­fall into ar­eas sur­round­ing the Gulf of Car­pen­taria,’’ the chan­nel’s web­site said.

‘‘ Rain and storms from this sys­tem will march south to­wards the week­end, with the south­ern half of Queens­land and north-east­ern New South Wales likely to be af­fected be­tween Thurs­day and Sun­day.

‘‘ Dur­ing this time Queens­land will prob­a­bly see a re­newal of flood warn­ings, par­tic­u­larly for some parts of the in­land rivers where four­day to­tals in ex­cess of 100mm are ex­pected.

‘‘ A slow mov­ing low pres­sure trough over east­ern Aus­tralia will gen­er­ate rain and storms in south-east Queens­land and north-east N S W o n T h u r s d a y a n d Fri­day.

‘‘ Some of these storms will be lo­cally se­vere so storm warn­ings are ex­pected over the next two days.’’

The prospect of more heavy rain­fall is a heart­break­ing one for many in the North as they battle to keep tarps on houses yet to be re­paired from Cy­clone Yasi.

Last night the Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy had flood warn­ings cur­rent for the Tully a nd Her­bert r i v e r s a nd coastal rivers be­tween Cook­town and Townsville.

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