TC Nathan to im­pact far north

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy is not ex­pect­ing Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Nathan to im­pact the Whit­sun­days over the next cou­ple of days.

TC Nathan, which formed overnight, is fore­cast to im­pact the far north Queens­land coast be­tween Lock­hart River and Port Dou­glas.

The cy­clone is cur­rently Cat­e­gory two strength and is fore­cast to slowly in­ten­sify to Cat­e­gory three by Thurs­day as it ap­proaches the far North Queens­land coast.

The cy­clone is then fore­cast to move away from the coast on Fri­day.

The Whit­sun­days was lucky to es­cape any im­pacts from the first cy­clone of the sea­son, Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Mar­cia.

TC Mar­cia was hov­er­ing di­rectly east of the Whit­sun­days at 3pm on Fe­bru­ary 19 as a cat­e­gory three storm.

Demon­strat­ing the un­pre­dictable na­ture of trop­i­cal cy­clones, TC Mar­cia then changed course and “rapidly in­ten­si­fied,” sweep­ing over Yep­poon and Rock­hamp­ton as a cat­e­gory five storm just 24 hours later, bring­ing with her wide­spread de­struc­tion and heavy rain­falls.

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