Systems to converge to unleash rain, winds
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.