Ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen is continuing to move across the Cape York Peninsula and is expected to redevelop into a tropical cyclone on Wednesday.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a Tropical Cyclone Watch on Tuesday morning.
The watch area includes Cape Shield in the Northern Territory, to Burketown in Queensland, including Groote Eylandt and Mornington Island.
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According to the weather bureau, Ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen is expected to continue moving steadily westwards during Tuesday and is likely to redevelop into a tropical cyclone on Wednesday morning over the southern Gulf of Carpentaria.
During Wednesday or Thursday, the tropical cyclone is expected to slow down and turn back towards the Queensland coast and may reach category 3 intensity if conditions remain favourable.
It’s bringing heavy rain and possible damaging winds.
“Gales are not expected in coastal areas within the next 24 hours, however gales could develop later,” BOM warned.
“Heavy rainfall may develop about coastal areas of the Queensland Gulf Country. Heavy rain may also develop about coastal areas of the eastern Top End and Carpentaria District south of Cape Shield on Wednesday if the low takes a more westerly path.”
Ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen has moved into the Gulf of Carpentaria west of Kowanyama. Expected to redevelop into a tropical cyclone on Wednesday morning over southern Gulf of Carpentaria. #CycloneOwen https://t.co/AWJKLhynnl pic.twitter.com/cQVsKbvhp3
— Bureau of Meteorology, Northern Territory (@BOM_NT) December 10, 2018