TROPICAL Cyclone Owen has officially formed in the Coral Sea, almost 1000km off the coast of Far North Queensland.
The Category One storm formed on Sunday afternoon and, at 4pm, was located about 990km east northeast of Cairns.
It has a central pressure of 998 hPa, with sustained winds 65 km/h near its centre, gusting to 95km/h.
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The system has been moving south southeast throughout the day, but slowed on Sunday afternoon to just around eight kilometres per hour.
The Bureau of Meteorology says Owen is expected to deepen further overnight tonight and is likely to reach Category Two strength tomorrow.
The system is likely to drift slowly south until Monday afternoon or evening, when it is expected to turn and move slowly to the west and commence a weakening trend.
The weather bureau stresses “this system poses no immediate threat to the Queensland coast”.
The cyclone is expected to remain “well off the coast until it weakens later in the week”, the bureau said.
At this stage, Owen is expected to remain at Category Two strength for two days before weakening back to a Tropical Low on Wednesday, December 5.
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