TC Nathan to impact far north
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.