New cyclone threat for the North
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.