Cyclone Nathan could return to menace Qld

Cyclone Nathan could return to threaten the Queensland coast by the end of the week, forecasters say.

The cyclone came very close to Cooktown in the far north last week before making a u-turn and heading back out to sea.

It remains a category two storm about 520km east, northeast of Cooktown.


Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Rick Threlfall says the storm is expected to intensify and looks likely to head back towards Queensland.

‘There’s still quite considerable uncertainty exactly where it will cross the coast if it does that,’ he told the ABC on Monday.

‘But it does look increasingly likely that Nathan will come back towards the Queensland coast towards the end of the week.’

Mr Threlfall said Nathan was expected to intensify to at least a category three, and turn towards the Queensland coast on Thursday or Friday.

‘We’re monitoring the situation very carefully but it is likely that turn will happen,’ he said.

Forecasters expect to have a…

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