Residents in Far North Queensland are on cyclone watch as 2018 comes to an end.
Monsoonal conditions are already being received in the area, though weather forecasters are keeping a close eye on a tropical low moving west over the Gulf of Carpentaria.
There’s less than a 50 percent chance a cyclone eventuates out of the tropical low today, though that figure increases drastically for tomorrow.
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The potential cyclone has already been named Penny, and is predicted to turn back towards Cape York Peninsula late on New Year’s Day.
The Bureau of Meteorology is warning locals in coastal and adjacent inland areas between Torres Strait and Kowanyama to expect wind gust in excess of 90km/h.
Heavy rainfall is also expected, which can result in flash flooding, and tides are likely to be higher than normal over the next couple of days.
A The tropical low has moved into the Gulf of Carpentaria west of Weipa and is intensifying. A severe weather warning is also current for #FNQ. For more info visit: https://t.co/rVLE6i5J4y pic.twitter.com/CCUhCk7p1f
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) December 30, 2018
The Bureau has advised residents between Cape York and Cape Keerweer to prepare thoroughly by securing boats and property, and plan ahead for if the cyclone threat increases.
For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland’s Disaster Management Services website here, and for emergency assistance call the (SES) on 132 500.