Sys­tems to con­verge to un­leash rain, winds

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A ZOM­BIE cy­clone in the far north and a strong low in the south are ex­pected to com­bine to un­leash the most sig­nif­i­cant weather event since March, with heavy rain and strong winds to lash the Queens­land coast.

Tropical Cy­clone Owen re­formed as a Cat­e­gory 1 sys­tem over the Gulf of Car­pen­taria last night, be­fore it’s ex­pected to in­ten­sify into a Cat­e­gory 3 later this week, bring­ing up to 224km/h wind gusts.

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy said Tropical Cy­clone Owen was mov­ing slowly west over the south­ern Gulf of Car­pen­taria overnight.

Af­ter cross­ing the Queens­land coast, the cy­clone is pre­dicted to track down the east coast this week­end and com­bine with a low pres­sure sys­tem around South­east Queens­land, caus­ing wide­spread heavy rain­fall, the BOM said.

The low pres­sure sys­tem in the south is ex­pected to com­bine with Tropical Cy­clone Owen in South­east Queens­land on Satur­day, pro­duc­ing wide­spread, heavy rain – up to 85mm on the Cen­tral Whit­sun­day Coast over the week­end.

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